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Vol. 22 Number 1 


Dr. Tom Hanrahan 


Jasmine Ammons Bucher '97 

Lauren McCartney Cusick 

Dr. Tom Hanrahan 

Sara Hodon '02 

Pat Huggins 

Dr. Diane M. Iglesias 

Pat Kaley '96 

Cindy Progin '04 

Christie Stratos '09, Student Editor 

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Deborah Bullock Wescott '95 

Anita Williams, Class Notes 

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Lebanon Valley College Magazine 


2 Mt. Gretna, A Treasure 
in the Trees 

By Lauren McCartney Cusick 
LVC andMt. Gretna have shared cultural, 
religious, and musical roots. Relax and enjoy 
the many intertwining relationships between 
these two Pennsylvania icons. 

8 A Brief History of LVC 
and Mt. Gretna 

By Lauren McCartney Cusick 

You can never have too much of a good thing. 

Learn more about our shared history. 

10 Great Expectations Campaign 
Surpasses $50 Million 

LVC students express their appreciation for 
the more than $55 million that alumni 
and other friends provided to support the 
recently-completed Campaign. 

Fall 2007 

12 ValleyFest: A Springtime 
Tradition Continues 
By Sara Hodon '02 
Whether it is called Sf ring Arts, 
the Cherry Blossom Festival, or its 
current incarnation ofValleyFest, 
this annual rite of passage for LVC 
students, alumni, and community 
members continues strong. 


15 Valley News 

24 Class News & Notes 

38 In Memoriam 

Page 12 

The Valley is published by Lebanon 
Valley College and is distributed 
without charge to alumni and friends. 

The deadline for submission of infor- 
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We WOUld like tO thank the owners of the fallowing Mt Gretna Cottages, who 
graciously allowed us to picture their homes for our cover story. 

On the Cover: The home of Donald Jones at 1 1 2 Harvard Ave. 

On the Inside Cover: Richard and Charlene Regar's Campmeeting 
cottage at 206 Otterbein Ave. graces the foreground. The home of Ralph 
and Doris Todd, which fronts Third Avenue, is on the left. 

Opening Photo for Mt. Gretna Story: An angel keeps watch over the 
Fairy Garden in the Chautauqua at Mt. Gretna, a favorite play space for 
little girls and gnomes. 

Page 7 (bottom): Noreen Chatter ton, 31 1 Sixth St., Campmeeting 

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Legions of Lebanon Valley College 

students have spent four years on campus, graduated, 
and moved on without ever knowing the thrill of grabbing the 
trapeze swing and flying over Lake Conewago before letting go 
and plunging into the cool water at Mt. Gretna. 

Most LVC students have 
never braved the crowds at the 
1895 Jigger Shop Ice Cream 
Parlor before finally settling 
down on the shady deck to 
enjoy the famous Jigger — 
vanilla ice cream topped with 
butterscotch or chocolate 
syrup, marshmallow, whipped 
cream, and the legendary Jigger 
nuts — a secret recipe for over 
100 years. 

About eight miles south of campus — 
and eight miles from anywhere say 

residents in need of groceries — Mt. 
Gretna itself is a secret to most LVC 
students, nestled in the Conewago Hills 
by thousands of acres of surrounding 
forest. Shaded by tall pines and oaks, 
Mt. Gretna smells of trees, ferns, damp 
earth, and the occasional musty odor 
exhaled by a vacant cottage. Like the 
enchanted Brigadoon of the Scottish 
Highlands, this off-the-beaten-track 
village comes fully alive only briefly. 

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, 
this sleepy, verdant enclave becomes 
one of the most vibrant summer arts 
communities in the United States, a feat 
it accomplishes without permanendy 
surrendering its serenity to hordes of 
tourists. Only the nationally known, 
two-day Mt. Gretna Outdoor Art 
Show in late August and a major crafts 
show that same weekend overrun the 
borough — with up to 20,000 visitors. 

Throughout the rest of the summer, 
when internationally acclaimed 
performers and favorites from central 
Pennsylvania are booked virtually 
nonstop into the two main open-air 
venues — Mt. Gretna Playhouse in the 
Chautauqua District or Tabernacle in 

the Campmeeting area — the relaxed 
air of an earlier time and place prevails. 
"We live in the woods, but people are 
close by. We have the woods, we have 
the culture — this is it!" says Roberta 
"Bobbie" Warshaw, who moved to Mt. 
Gretna in 1998 after marrying Dr. Paul 
Heise, now an LVC professor emeritus of 
economics. He says he lived in Annville 
for years without being aware of Mt. 
Gretna. "It s an escape from todays 
world," says 'Mr. Mt. Gretna,' Jack Bitner, 
a historian who has been escaping' to 
Mt. Gretna every summer since 1917, 
when he was six weeks old. 

This "treasure in the trees" may 
remain a hidden treasure to most 
students, but others associated with 
the College have deeply impacted Mt. 
Gretna. LVC trustees, faculty, staff, 
and alumni have gready influenced Mt. 
Gretnas rise in the late 19th century as 
a resort, religious Campmeeting, and 
educational Chautauqua, to its decline 
during the Depression and 1940s, and 
finally its long, slow renaissance after 
World War II. It is during this time that 
many of its 500 vintage cottages began 
to be converted to year-round homes 

Fall 2007 

and the place started to thrive again as a 

Behind mounds of rhododendrons 
on narrow, hilly streets, fully half of 
these Victorian gingerbread, Queen 
Anne, or Adirondack-style cottages 
in two of Mt. Gretna's oldest, most 
historic neighborhoods — Campmeeting 
and Chautauqua — are now insulated 
and updated for some 1,500 full-time 
residents. Over time, these residents have 
included many LVC trustees, faculty, 
administrators, alumni, and emeriti. 

The population swells to some 2,500 
residents during the summer season, 
attracting both central Pennsylvanians who 
only summer here, and cosmopolitan out- 


of-towners from New York, Philadelphia, 
and Washington, D.C., many of them 
commuting on weekends to enjoy the arts 
and culture or to lounge on Mt. Gretna's 
ubiquitous porches, each with its unique 
carved filigree. Sitting in their rocking 
chairs, behind colorful banners and 
hanging pots of ferns and flowers, residents 
can often overhear music — impromptu or 
planned— from nearby venues. 

Music at Gretna has been hailed by 
Time magazine as one of the six best 
small music festivals in the country. Some 
performers come straight from Lincoln 
Center in New York City or Tanglewood 
in the Berkshires to take part in the 12- 
week festival. This past summer, violin 

f It was time for the 
College to reconnect 
withMt. Gretna.' 



sensation Midori headlined Music at 
Gretna. The village s 80-page Calendar of 
Events was filled with chamber music, 
jazz, drama and musical shows, hymn 
sings, and religious, cultural, and 
intellectual offerings. 

A 10-week Book Review Series, 
founded in 1983 by then-LVC history 
professor Dr. Howard Applegate, and 
led entirely by LVC professors, adds an 
important intellectual component to the 
historic Chautauqua. "It was time for the 
College to reconnect with Mt. Gretna," 
Applegate says from the comfort of his 
contemporary home in the sunny Timbers 
neighborhood of Mt. Gretna. On a recent 
Tuesday in August, over 150 people 
spilled out of the rustic Greek revival Hall 
of Philosophy to hear LVC s Jean-Paul 
Benowitz, an adjunct history instructor, 
discuss Gyles Brandreths Philip and 
Elizabeth: Portrait of a Royal Marriage. 

"In the earlier years," recalls Applegate, 
now an emeritus professor, "when the 
Campmeeting was in its heyday, many 
of the clergy who led the services there 
were LVC grads." LVC s recently retired 
chaplain continues that tradition today. 
The Rev. Dr. D. Darrell Woomer co-leads 
an annual hymn sing for 1,200 people in 
Campmeeting s historic 1899 Tabernacle. 
This year, he also presented a series of four 
talks on contemporary Christian issues for 
the Chautauqua, and he has presided over 
the annual New Orleans-style Sunday jazz 

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The Rev. James Cor&ett *& fy$ left)* d past 
president of the Chnuttuufua, is spearheading &H 

effort ti\ return more seientifie mid religious 
programming to the Chautauqua and is well- 
knmvu in town far the model rail road that runs 
through the yard ttf ht> cottage, I he Evergreen 
(above), Charles "Chuck" Ailwehi i 
below) purchased tht famous Jigger Shop in his 
junior year at LVC and is still the pmprtetor. He 
was recently joined by (from lejii Ryan Zrorsky 
m, Shuylene Seheih 07, and Rachel Minge 09 
Jar some of the shops Jm 

service at the open- 
air playhouse for 13 
years, where the 
famous New Black 
Eagle Jazz Band plays 
yearly following its 
Saturday performance. 
"Its a fun service," 
says Woomer, who 
is now recognized on the street as "the 
jazz reverend from Mt. Gretna." But on 
most other Sundays in the playhouse for 
the last 16 years, it has been Mary Ellen 
Kinch '49 who has played the piano 
for services. Kinch also started the free 
Sunday mini-concerts on the steps of the 
Hall of Philosophy. 

Another LVC graduate, The Rev. 
James Corbett '63, a 
past president of 
the Chautauqua, 

an effort two years ago to return more 
scientific and religious programming to the 
Chautauqua to fulfill its historic mission 
of providing instruction in science and 
religion as well as literature and the arts. As 
the June 13, 2006 Mt. Gretna Newsletter 
put it: "Finally, let there be no doubt: The 
Campmeeting and Chautauqua programs 
are alive and well. Both now have cultural 
and scientific endeavors that rival anything 
imagined when they started more than a 
century ago." 

LVC trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, and 
emeriti traditionally have provided a huge 
amount of support to an astounding range 
of events and institutions at Mt. Gretna 
from its beginnings to the present day. 
This article can touch only a few of them. 
Stroll around Mt. Gretna and 
you will find LVC alumnus 
Charles "Chuck" Allwein 
'64, who bought The 

Jigger Shop while still a junior at LVC, 
and who now, 44 years later, also serves as 
Gretna Borough president. Just up the hill, 
Chemistry Lecturer Cynthia Johnston '87 
staffs the box office at the Gretna Playhouse. 
Across Route 117, LVC adjunct music 
instructor and Mt. Gretna resident Andy 
Roberts plays the piano at the Timbers 
Dinner Theatre, where he is the creative 
director. He showcases the music of 
composers like Cole Porter, George 
Gershwin, and Irving Berlin in song-and- 
dance revues with titles such as Get Happy! 
while he leads an all-LVC trio from the 
piano, with Ryan Baltz '08 on bass and 
Dave Lazorcik '80 on drums. Roberts 
learned how to create these shows from 
the late Rodney Miller '77, who served 
as the Timbers creative director for two 

Most of the work done by those 
with LVC ties is donated. "Were all 
volunteers — its a community of volunteers," 
says Kathie Erdman, wife of LVC music 
adjunct Jim Erdman, and a co-founder, 
with Kinch, of the Chautauqua's ever- 
popular Cicada Festival. That's a weeklong, 
family-friendly concert series in August, 
with tickets priced at an affordable $8. 

In the mid-1990s, 
Erdman points out, 
former LVC President 
Dr. John Synodinos 
H'96 and then-College 
Dean Dr. William McGill performed very 
successfully at the Mt. Gretna Playhouse 
in the two-man play Mr. Emerson and 
Henry. The Chautauqua has continued 
with play readings every summer since. 
The play about Ralph Waldo Emerson and 
Henry David Thoreau was written by Dr. 
Arthur Ford '59, now a professor emeritus 
of English. 

Jim Erdman, whose career as a professional 
musician has given him access to major 
artists, has secured musicians for both 
Mt. Gretna and the College. For instance, 
classical guitarist Berta Rojas, after 
appearing at Gretna a few seasons ago, was 
at the College this fall to give a concert 
and master classes. Erdman also served 
on the Mt. Gretna Borough Council for a 
dozen years, half of them as president. 

Deborah Hurst '84 heads up the 
volunteers at Gretna's postage-stamp 
library, and with her husband, Jeff, 
donated the diversity library in LVC s 
Miller Chapel. She also serves as secretary 
of theMt. Gretna 
Historical Society. 

Applegate's wife, 
Shelby Applegate '96, is 
a well-known local artist 
who for years has been a 
major contributor to the 
Mt. Gretna Outdoor Art 
Show, both behind the 
scenes, serving on the Mt. 
Gretna Arts Council, the 
organizing force behind 
Mt. Gretnas cultural 
offerings, and for many 
years at the show with her 
mixed media art. She sees 
Lebanon Valley College's 
Annual Juried Art Show 
as a way the thriving 
arts communities in Mt. 
Gretna and the College 

The majestic Hotel Conewingo (1909-19*0! 
boasted spacious verandas to take in comminuting 
views of the lake. There u*ere chefs from Neur York* 
servants in uniform, a grand staircase* and 
affluent visitor*. Guests rode the narrow-gauge 
railroad, foreground, to the depot, park, or lake. 

connect. She and a handful of other Mt. 
Gretna artists are often chosen to take part 
in it each spring. 

This year, Applegate opened her garden 
for Mt. Gretnas garden tour, but in the 
strong tradition of neighborliness at Mt. 
Gretna, her front yard garden is always 
open to visitors. She leaves two pairs of 
garden shears for passersby, one at her art 
studio door and one at her front door. "I 
tell people to pick flowers all the time — 
otherwise I will have to deadhead them." 

LVC trustee and adjunct business 
instructor Lynn Phillips '68 and Corbett 
opened their homes for this year s annual 
house tour, which raises some $10,000 
annually to support Music at Gretna. 
Phillips, who lives in the Conewago Hills 
section of town, enjoys a splendid view of 
Lake Conewago. Corbett is a trailblazer in 
the Chautauqua for being the first, nine 
years ago, to set up a garden train in his 
front yard. There are now four of them 
scattered around Mt. Gretna. 

Biology professors Drs. Paul Wolf and 
Susan Verhoek from LVC not only bring 
their classes to Mt. Gretna to explore the 
great diversity in the ecology of the area, 
but Verhoek also conducts summer nature 
walks for the Chautauqua, continuing a 
long tradition of LVC-supplied naturalists. 
One of the first may have been Dr. 
Samuel H. Derickson 1902, H'25, who 
was a biology professor for 47 years before 
retiring in 1950. In his 1990 book, Mt. 
Gretna, A Coleman Legacy, Bitner writes 
"When we look back on the Mt. Gretna 
of the early 20th century, we perceive it 
as an utterly charming, simple and naive 
era. It was a time when picnics and nature 

6 The* Valley 

walks in the woods were popular, and at 
Mt. Gretna there were those who were 
well qualified to conduct them, such as 
professors Derickson and Hoffsommer of 
the Campmeeting grounds." 

Nowadays, all Mt. Gretnas activity 
starts to unfold three weeks after LVC 
students have left for the year. And 
Gretnas summer season is over just a week 
after the students return to the Valley. In 
September, Mt. Gretna slips back into 
the quiet of the surrounding wilderness, 
buffered against encroaching development 
from virtually every direction by its forests, 
owned and managed by the Pennsylvania 
Game Commission and Governor Dick 
Park (officially the Clarence Schock 
Memorial Park). 

Residents who are weary of the influx 
of thousands of art and craft show visitors 
at the end of each August can now treasure 

Gretnas natural beauty again. They can 
hike or bike the peaceful 12.5 miles on 
the Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail, all that is 
left of the Cornwall to Lebanon Railroad 
that led to the founding of this resort over 
120 years ago. Nature lovers can also trek 
through the woods to see the spectacular 
view from the 66-foot tower at the highest 
ridge, Governor Dick. On a clear day, they 
can overlook five surrounding counties: 
Lebanon, Lancaster, Dauphin, Berks, and 
York. Residents can take in the beautiful 
fall foliage reflected off the picture-perfect 
17-acre lake, and finally, when spring 
comes again, enjoy the glorious display of 
rhododendrons, mountain laurel, azaleas, 
nearly 30 species of ferns, and some 100 
different wildflowers. 

Only a handful of LVC students, 
mostly on field trips for botany class 
or a few enterprising hikers, will ever 

Kathk Erdman (it 
and Alary Eilen 
Kiitcb '49 fo undzd 

iindi Cicada 

see these natural wonders. But Gretnas 
natural beauty, its close community ties, 
its charming architecture, and its exciting 
summer season are deeply appreciated by 
its yearlong residents. "When I retired 
from the Marine Band," Erdman says, 
where he routinely played for presidents 
at the White House, "the director said, 
'You're going to miss this!' I loved my 
career, but moving to Mt. Gretna and 
teaching at the College have made my 
Marine Band career almost secondary. I 
came back to my roots," says the Lebanon 
County native, "and I'm thrilled." 

Lauren McCartney Cusick is director 
of media relations at Lebanon Valley 
College. Deborah Bullock Wescott '95 also 
contributed to this story. 

A Brief History of LVC and mt. Gretna 

In the olden days, the only 
convenient way to reach Mt. 
Gretna was by train. The resort 
was founded by iron magnate 
Robert Coleman in 1883 as a way 
to generate traffic on his new Comwall- 
to-Lebanon railroad, which connected his 
vast iron-making enterprises in Colebrook 
and Cornwall to the main line of the 
Pennsylvania Railroad in Lebanon. But 
Coleman, a committed philanthropist, also 
wanted to provide a pleasant picnic area. 
Mt. Gretna was immediately recognized 
as an ideal spot along the way for a train 
station and recreational area. 

In 1884, Coleman cleared a place 
for a park in Mt. Gretna, named by a 
railroad executive's wife for the Scottish 
resort of Gretna Green. A year later, 
Coleman dammed the creek to form 
Lake Conewago. Coleman also cleared 
120 adjacent acres for the Pennsylvania 
National Guard, which in 1885 began a 50- 
year summer encampment before moving 
to Fort Indiantown Gap in 1933. Four years 
later, he added a narrow-gauge railroad to 
the area's highest peak, Governor Dick, 
and to the Pennsylvania National Guard 
encampment area. Within a few years, 
Mt. Gretna was one of the most popular 
recreation spots in the entire state, and 
welcomed thousands of "railroad-captive" 
guests each summer. 

In 1892, Coleman leased two nearby 
parcels of land on either side of an old 
wagon trail called The Pinch (now Pinch 
Road). One 30-acre parcel went to 
Campmeeting for summer Bible study. It 
was members of the United Brethren in 
Christ Church— an evangelical sect that is 
now part of the United Methodist Church— 
who approached Coleman with the idea 
of founding a summer Campmeeting at 
Mt.Gretna. The other, slightly larger tract 
was leased for a Chautauqua campus, 
founded as part of a movement sweeping 
the country that was dedicated to bringing 
culture and education to everyone, not just 
the elite. Hundreds of Chautauquas were 
fashioned after an educational experiment 
in out-of-school, vacation learning on Lake 
Chautauqua, N.Y 

Lebanon Valley College was also 
founded by the United Brethren Christ 
Church, so it's not surprising that Dr. 
Daniel D. Lowery and The Rev. H.B. 
Dohner 1878, who were both trustees of 

the College, made that visit to see Coleman 
about Campmeeting. Coleman was then 
one of the five wealthiest men in the United 
States. His fortune, listed as $30 million in 
1899, outstripped J.R Morgan's, Marshall 
Field's, and F.W. Vanderbilt's. 

Dohner was presiding elder of the 
Campmeeting's first annual meeting, and 
LVC mathematic professor John Evans 
Lehman 1874 was put in charge of the 
music. One hundred years later, LVC faculty 
and administrators were still leaders: The 
Rev. Dr. Carl Y. Ehrhart '40, a philosophy 
professor and a longtime vice president 
and dean of LVC, was chairman of the 1992 
Bible program committee, and LVC scholar 
and librarian Dr. Donald Fields '24 was 
gratefully acknowledged for maintaining the 
archives of the Evangelical United Brethren 
that served as the basis of Campmeeting's 
1992 centennial booklet. 

Dohner was also on the committee 
that initiated plans for the Chautauqua, 
which in the days before summer schools 
at colleges and universities, served as a 
means of continuing education, and even 
received a subsidy from the state. After 
graduating from LVC in 1878, Dohner 
earned his divinity degree from the 
Chautauqua School of Theology in New 

Mt. Gretna's Chautauqua district 
streets reflected the Chautauqua's zest 
for learning— they are named for the Ivies: 
Harvard, Yale, Princeton, etc., and even 
for central Pennsylvania universities such 
as Lehigh and Muhlenberg. But despite 
Mt. Gretna's far deeper ties to LVC, neither 
Dohner— nor anyone else— saw to it that 
a street was named for Lebanon Valley 
College, an oversight that did not hinder 
Mt. Gretna's success. 

"The Chautauqua— the grandest 
system of comprehensive education ever 
conceived and operated, has at Mount 
Gretna, one of the best, most widely 
known, summer schools and assemblies— 
the Pennsylvania Chautauqua," wrote an 
early admirer of the resort in a railroad 
brochure quoted in Bitner's book. 

The late Edna J. Carmean, wife of the 
late Dr. D. Clark Carmean H'95, a longtime 
dean of admission at the College, wrote in 
her book, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania— 
A History, "During the 1890s, the students 
and faculty of Lebanon Valley College 
held an annual 'Chestnut Picnic' at Mt. 

Gretna every fall. They boarded the train 
at Annville in the morning with their picnic 
baskets full of food and came back in the 
evening loaded with chestnuts. That was 
when the mountains were dotted with 
beautiful chestnut trees, before they were 
killed by the chestnut blight." That blight 
began locally around 1904, and by 1920, 
the chestnut tree had been wiped out in 

In 1920, still in the heyday of the 
Chautauqua, Lebanon Valley College 
built on the educational tradition of both 
institutions by launching its first summer 
school at Mt. Gretna. Two-credit courses 
cost $12, and students boarded at one of 
the hotels, now all gone— the majestic 125- 
room Hotel Conewago with its castellated 
towers and magnificent view of the lake, 
the more modest Chautauqua Inn, or 
the Kauffman Hotel. The College's 1921 
catalogue promised, "The environment, the 
social life of the resort, the opportunities for 
healthful recreation, as well as for quiet and 
effective study make this an ideal location 
for a Summer School." 

But only two years later, the summer 
school was relocated to Annville, and LVC's 
catalogue of 1 923 touted the virtues of 
its own campus instead: "Lebanon Valley 
College is fortunate in being unusually 
well equipped with buildings for its various 
needs, including attractive, modern 
residence halls for men and women ... and 
other splendid buildings." 

As summer schools became more 
common at colleges and universities, where 
college credits could be earned, the appeal 
of non-credit courses at Chautauquas 
waned all across the country. No doubt 
LVC's Summer School in Annville indirectly 
hastened the decline of the Chautauqua 
at Mt. Gretna. At the same time, the 
Model T Ford gave families mobility for 
vacations, and many preferred the ocean. 
The Great Depression and the relocation 
of the Pennsylvania National Guard to Fort 
Indiantown Gap in 1933 also contributed to 
a drop in programming at the Chautauqua 
during the late 1930s and 1940s. Today, 
Mt. Gretna is considered a "revival" 
Chautauqua— only a handful have operated 

LVC Registrar Pat Kaley '96 contributed 
research for this history, 

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Suzanne H. Arnold 

2007- 2008 

h i b i t i n s 

., passioned Images: German Expressionist Prints 

October 19 ~ December 9, 2007 

Erich Heckel, Jungling (Youth), woodcut, 1917, 14 i/8 x 11 3/4 in., 
Syracuse University Art Collection 

Shallow Creek: Thomas Hart Benton and 
American Waterways 

January n ~ February 17, 2008 

Thomas Hart Benton, Shallow Creek, oil and tempera on canvas mounted 
on board, 1938, 36 x 25 in., collection of James and Barbara Palmer. 
T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/ U MB Bank Trustee/ 
Licensed by VAGA, New York, courtesy of Palmer Museum of Art, 
The Pennsylvania State University 

Scrutiny: Artists 7 Self-Portraits 

February 29 ~ April 6, 2008 

Rembrandt Peale, Self- Portrait, oil on canvas, 1838, 15 x 15 in., 
LaSalle University Art Museum 

37th Annual juried Art Exhibition 

April 18 - May 4, 2008 

Eva Bender: Inspiration and Expression 

May 16 - June 22, 2008 

Eva Bender, Orchids II, watercolor on paper, n.d., 16 V* x 18 Vi in., 
courtesy of the artist 

Lebanon Valley College 

Call 717-867-6445 or visit 

Gallery Hours: Wednesday, 5 p.m. -8 p.m. 

Thursday and Friday, i p.m. -4:30 p.m. 

Saturday and Sunday, n a.m. -5 p.m. 

and by appointment for groups 

College Exceeds 

Million Great 

n June, Lebanon 
Valley College 
reached a 
conclusion to 
its $50-million 
campaign. The 
ambitious goal, the largest 
single fund-raising effort in 
the institutions history, was 
exceeded by more than $5.4 
million with gifts totaling 

The public phase of the 
campaign began in the spring 
of 2002. Goals were to increase 
the College s endowment, 
enhance current operations, 
and complete several capital 
projects, including the Neidig- 
Garber Science Center, now 
near completion. 

College President Stephen 
C. MacDonald said the 
successful completion of 
the campaign represents an 
enormous achievement for 

Lebanon Valley College. 

"The material resources we 
assembled in this campaign 
assure the continuation and the 
strengthening of the education 
we offer our students," said 
MacDonald. "We will be able 
to provide those students with 
the faculty, the facilities, the 
laboratories and classrooms, 
and the educational technology 
that make our educational 
programs so strong. And we 
will be able to provide our 

students and their families 
with the financial aid and 
scholarships that make this 
education affordable." 

In spite of a national 
economic downturn and the 
tragedy of 9/1 1 early in the 
campaign, members of the 
Valley community remained 
positive about the campaigns 
success. Nearly two thirds of 
the College s alumni base and 
98 percent of the Colleges 
faculty and administration 

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Expectations Campaign Goa 

Kaufman '08, Dan Hodge '09, Munya Jakazi '10, Dustin Kerns '09, Lauren 
Ferrara '09, Collin Tanawath '09, James Shinn '11, Samantha Gatewood '11, 
JaredPitt '08, Jason Scab. '08, Samantha Mo hr '10, Ryan Zvorsky '09, Holly 
Spangenburg '09, Savannah Coombs '09, Angie Sollenberger '10, Arthur Elder 
'07, '08 Jen Reilly '10, Nicole Caruso '08, D'10, Timothy Garrett '08, Becky 
Roof '08, Tim Kissinger '09, and Steve Deitzler '09. 

supported the campaign. 

"All of our many donors 
came through with their 
enthusiastic support for the 
future of Lebanon Valley 
College," said Thomas C. 
Reinhart '58, H'97. "We are 
very grateful for the generosity 
of all those who gave to the 
campaign — the trustees, 
faculty, administration, current 
and past parents, alumni, and 
friends of the College. Without 
their combined support, the 

goal of this campaign would 
not have been obtained." 

Gifts ranged from modest 
amounts offered by senior 
students prior to graduation 
to multimillion-dollar gifts 
from friends of the College. 
Additional contributions were 
received from corporations and 
local, regional, and national 

The goals of the campaign 
included $21.9 million for 
capital construction projects. 

These projects included the 
creation of the Heilman Sports 
and Fitness Center, home to 
the College s Physical Therapy 
Program; a new gymnasium; 
the conversion of Lynch 
Memorial Hall into a center 
for teaching and learning; and 
a complete renovation and 
expansion of Garber Science 
Center. For the College s 
endowment, $19.8 million was 
raised. These funds will be used 
to provide perpetual support 

for student scholarships, 
to create faculty chairs and 
professorships, and to develop 
academic programs that add 
color and depth to the LVC 
experience. The campaign 
raised an additional $12.6 
million for current operations. 
These funds help to maintain 
The Valley Fund, the College s 
annual fund, which supports 
the Suzanne H. Arnold Art 
Gallery, and other ongoing 
needs of the College. 

Fall 2007 11 



A Spnngtiine 

, tradition 

By Sara Hodon '02 

ValleyFest began at Lebanon Valley College 
as the Spring Arts Festival in 1 971 . Over 
the years, it grew to be the most popular 
event on campus for students and the 

\ surrounding community. 

LVC students fine up tn take a chance 
running through the ^piBew" obstacle 
course during Valley Fest 2007, 

n, gaining a somewhat notorious 
reputation as the celebration occasionally got out of hand. 

Now, it has returned to its roots as a tamer, more community- 
minded festival that brings LVC students and the community together 
to listen to student and local bands, sample new foods, and watch 
children enjoying inflatable amusements and face painting. The long- 
running Juried Art Show that began with the first Spring Arts Festival 
still celebrates the rich, diverse offerings of central Pennsylvania's best 
artists, and marked its 36th year in 2007. 

12 The Valley 

tudents and community members stroll past vendor 
dhphiys {left) white listening tu music while others c\ 
with chalk on the sidewalks of campus \ below) during 
ValleyFesi 2007, 

In 1971, Don Frantz 72, then 
a junior, went to an arts festival in 
Harrisburg and sensed that a similar 
event would be popular on campus. 
During the fall of 1970, the annual play 
and the Christmas concert were canceled 
due to a lack of participation. Students 
were disappointed that not much was 
happening on campus that year. Frantz 
knew the time was right to hold an arts 
festival. "I said to members of the student 
government, 'Everything is being stopped, 
nothings being invented. Why not try 
this?'" he recalls. Faculty members Dr. 
Art Ford ;nd Glenn Woods, now emeriti 
professors of English, and Robert S. 
Glitz, then of the Art Department, were 
especially supportive of the idea. Frantz 
and a small group of students organized a 
committee and began to work on the first 
annual Spring Arts Festival. 

As with any event, funding was an 
issue. "There was a lot of doubt that 
it would occur," Frantz explains. The 
committee wrote a grant, received the 
funding, and started organizing a schedule 
in earnest. 

Sculpture and other pieces of art were 
placed at various locations on campus. 
There were poetry readings, and, Frantz 
recalls, there was a lot of emphasis on the 

As the atmosphere on campus evolved, 
Spring Arts evolved with it. Soon the 
festival was known as the most popular 
event on campus for students, friends, and 
alumni alike. For seniors, Spring Arts was 
the last weekend to celebrate with friends 
before the anxiety of finals and graduation. 
For underclassmen, it was a weekend 
to hear some music, and have one last 
get-together with friends before summer 

New events were added and other 
campus organizations and departments 
became involved. The Art Department 
partnered with the Spring Arts committee 
to feature a student art show. The Wig 
and Buckle Theater Company scheduled 
a special production for that weekend. 
Alpha Psi Omega, the theater fraternity, 
gave an outdoor improv performance on 
Sunday afternoon. Student organizations 
were invited to set up food stands and use 

the sales as fundraisers for their groups. 
Outside crafters sold their wares in a 
huge tent, and children's activities were 
added to the schedule to encourage the 
community to visit the campus. 

Almost completely student-run, "The 
planning committee was basically on its 
own," recalls Kathryn E. Laepple '00, 
who co-chaired the event in 1999 and 
2000. "There were some exceptions with 
faculty members and administrators who 
were incredibly supportive, like Jen Evans, 
director of student activities. But on the 
whole, it was just us." 

Music was always a main focus of 
Spring Arts. It usually featured two smaller 
stages on the academic and social quads so 
campus bands and local performers could 
play throughout the day. Until 2001, 
the evening concerts were staged in the 
parking lot of Arnold Sports Center. Later, 
the stage was moved inside the Sports 
Center. Starting in 1999, all students were 
required to purchase wristbands in order 
to attend the evening concerts. 

Fall 2007 13 

"I worked on Spring Arts the first year 
we had students purchase wristbands, and 
that caused quite a stir," recalls Laepple. 
Students complained about the cost, but 
their purchases continued. 

The evening concerts, still held in 
Arnold Sports Center, have changed over 
the years. The bill has gone from cover 
bands and local favorites to national acts. 

Spring Arts operated under a new 
name, The Cherry Blossom Festival, 
beginning in 2003. The cherry blossom 
trees on Sheridan Avenue had recently 
been planted, and an international theme 
was incorporated into the 2003 festival 
to help attract more visitors from the 
community. The following year would see 
more changes for the Spring Arts Festival. 

During the 2003 festival, a group of 
students visiting for the weekend caused a 
disturbance that drew police officers from 
over five townships to campus. College 
administrators considered canceling the 
festival indefinitely. The following year, 
Gene Kelly '01 was hired as the assistant 
director of student activities. He faced 
the momentous task of saving the most 
popular weekend of the year. Kelly and 
then-chair Mark McGuirt '06 fought 
to continue the event, and by working 
with College administrators to change the 
festival policies, ValleyFest was born in 
2005. "By changing the focus to a more 
family-friendly atmosphere, with children's 

activities, carnival games, food vendors, 
and different types of music, we are trying 
to change that [negative] association [of 
Spring Arts]," Kelly explains. 

The ValleyFest committee has tried 
a number of new approaches to bring 
students the kind of festival they want. 
Beginning in 2005, the committee has 
been able to raise enough money to secure 
one or two national recording acts for the 
weekend. Less Than Jake played in 2005, 
The Gin Blossoms played in 2006, and 
Everclear performed in 2007, along with 
Emerson Drive, the first-ever country 
headliner. " Were trying very hard to 
diversify the musical offerings," Kelly says. 

With a 2007 budget of $78,000, 
raising the necessary funds for an event 
like ValleyFest was one of the committees 
biggest challenges. The students were 
forced to come up with more creative fund- 
raisers each year. Some of their fundraisers 
included selling pizza door-to-door in 
the residence halls, a battle of the bands, 
hosting various vendors on campus, and 
a revival of the Mister and Miss LVC 
contest. "Students were nominated by 
classmates. The winners were king and 
queen of the festival," explains 2007 
ValleyFest co-chair Joann Southard '07. 

Southard says that the new initiatives 
made for a safer event, but the atmosphere 
has definitely changed since the days of 
Spring Arts. "This weekend is supposed 

to be relaxed, stress-free, and fun. I think 
ValleyFest has an image of being more 
uptight than Spring Arts, and I think that 
needs to change. We had a great festival 
last year, and we learned a lot after making 
the changes," she explains. "President 
MacDonald has been really supportive 
and helpful in trying to make this festival 
more enjoyable for the students. I know 
how hard students work here and to have 
this weekend is a relief for the campus and 
the community." 

Although it may take time for alumni 
to warm up to the changes that the Spring 
Arts Festival has experienced over the 
past few years, the ValleyFest committee 
believes that they are headed in the right 
direction. "I think it takes some time for 
the hype about Spring Arts to die down, 
but the College has learned a lot over the 
years with the festival," Southard explains. 
"We [the student committee and college 
administrators] agree that it's a tradition 
that needs to continue." 

As the committee's advisor, Kelly's 
vision for ValleyFest is simple: "I would 
like to see it truly become a community/ 
College event — the quad filled with people 
relaxing and enjoying the festivities." 

Sarah Hodon '02 is a part-time freelance 
writer and works full-time for a non-profit 
organization based in PottsviOe, She 
chaired the 2002 festival and was co-chair 
in 2001. 

Live baud performance heen a mainstay of ike 

festival since its inception. Performers have ranged from 
LVC religions bands m national performing stars. 

mA photographer captured art aerial view (right) of an 
early festival crowd 

14 The Valley 

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Dr. MacDonald Named to Four Philanthropic Boards 

LVC President Stephen C. MacDonald 

was named to the boards of four philanthropic, 
higher education, and arts organizations 
within the past year. 

In January 2007, he was named to the 
The Foundation for Enhancing Communities 
(TFEC), a Harrisburg non-profit organization 
that stimulates philanthropy and enhances 
the quality of life in the community 
through accumulating, managing, and 
disbursing financial assets. MacDonald 
serves on TFEC s Whitaker Foundation 
Committee, which works to improve 
science and mathematics facilities and 
equipment at area public and private 
schools, as well as to promote science and 

mathematics education in grades K-12. 
MacDonald was also elected to the 
board of the Association of Independent 
Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania 
(AICUP), a statewide organization 
that serves private higher education by 
complementing and supporting the work 
of campus leaders; to the board of the 
Commission on Accreditation in Physical 
Therapy Education (CAPTE), the same 
organization that accredited LVC s Physical 
Therapy Program in March 2006; and to 
the board of the Harrisburg Symphony 
Orchestra, which for 77 years has been one 
of the Capital Regions cornerstone cultural 

Campaign created 50 new, 
permanently endowed 
scholarships making it 
possible for students to 
gain the most from a Valley 

Enrollment Still on the Rise 

LVC s enrollment continues to rise. 
There were 1,660 full-time undergraduates 
registered for the fall semester, eight 
more than last year. Twenty-six full- 
time graduate students are pursuing 
their doctorates in physical therapy, and 
approximately 150 to 160 part-time 
graduate students are enrolled. 

The entering freshman class included 
eight high school valedictorians among the 
457 highly qualified students. Ten more 
freshmen were salutatorians. 

Eighty- three percent of first-year 
students were awarded one of the Colleges 
Presidential Scholarships. That plan 
guarantees tuition discounts to high- 
achieving first-year and transfer students. 

Three of the new first-year students 
received the President s Award, a full- 

The Economic Impact 


ECONOMIC ENGINE: Lebanon Valley 

College had a combined total economic 
impact of over $300 million in Lebanon 
County from 2000-2005, according to an 
economic survey recently released. 

In 2005 alone, the most recent year of 
the study, Lebanon Valley College spent 
over $2 million for capital improvements, 
goods, services, and supplies in Lebanon 
County. LVC employees spent over 
$7 million for housing, food, supplies, 
entertainment, and other items in 
Lebanon County during this same period. 
Of this, over $3 million was spent in the 

tuition, merit-based scholarship. Two 
hundred four students qualified for the one- 
half tuition Vickroy Award. One hundred 
six first-year students were awarded the 
one-third tuition Leadership Award, and 
65 students earned the one-quarter tuition 
Achievement Award. Fifty-four percent of 
the new students graduated in the top 20 
percent of their high school classes. 

Greater Annville area. 

Aside from direct economic impact, 
LVC faculty and staff contributed over 
51,000 hours of community service, the 
equivalent of more than $930,000, during 
the past three academic years. 

LVC President Dr. Stephen C. 
MacDonald noted that the results 
further emphasize the common bond 
between the College and the local 
community. "We are inseparable, and 
together, help make the community such 
a desirable environment for residents 
and students alike." 

DID YOU KNOW that the 

recently completed Great 
Expectations Campaign 
raised over $55.4 million, 
surpassing its $50 million 

Fall 2007 15 

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President Bush Names LVC Science 
Teacher as one of Top U.S. Educators 

President George W. Bush 
honored science teacher Joey 
Rider M'02, a graduate of 
LVC s Master of Science 
Education (MSE) Program, with 
the 2006 Presidential Award for 
Excellence in Mathematics and 
Science Teaching. "My MSE 
degree from LVC is what turned 
me on to science!" Rider said in 
an interview after receiving her 
award. She is now an adjunct 
instructor in LVC s masters 
degree program, as well as a 
teacher at Schaeffer Elementary 
School in Manheim Township, 
Lancaster County. 

This award, the nation's 
highest honor for teaching in 

mathematics and science, was 
presented to Rider in mid-May 
during a trip to Washington, 
D.C. Rider also received 
a $10,000 award from the 
National Science Foundation, 
the federal agency that 
administers the awards program 
on behalf of the White House. 
She was the only Pennsylvania 
honoree and one of only 93 
teachers nationwide to receive 
the prestigious award this year. 

Jeff Remington, also an 
adjunct instructor in LVC s 
MSE Program, won the award 
in 2003. He is a science teacher 
for the Palmyra Area Middle 

Joey Rider M*02 (front row, far left) was honored by President 
George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush along with other top 
science educators in Washington, D. C. 

In the citation given 
to Rider, President Bush 
commended her "for embodying 
excellence in teaching, for 
devotion to the learning 

needs of the students, and for 
upholding the high standards 
that exemplify American 
education at its finest." 

New graduates take the 
historic walk as they are 
honored by the faculty (left). 


Jessica Barber '07 was the 
Neidig Award recipient at 
Commencement (above); 
President Stephen C. 
MacDonald congratulates 
the Class of 2007 


LVC Graduates the Largest Class in its History 

Lebanon Valley College awarded diplomas in May to the largest class 
in the history of the College. Three hundred forty seniors graduated on 
Rohland Field, along with 14 masters degree students and 18 students 
who earned doctorates in physical therapy. Over 50 other students who 
earned degrees in December also took part in the ceremonies. 

Commencement speaker Dr. J. Patrick Brewer, an associate 
professor of mathematical sciences at LVC, told the nearly 400 graduates 
that the value of a college education is learning "how to learn . . . 
Education transforms lives. Turns 'Nos' into 'Yeses.' Roadblocks into 
speed bumps . . . whatever you find, you'll face it differently and with 
more hope because of your time here." 

The top student award, the Howard Neidig Award, went to Jessica 
Barber, a psychology and French major who minored in political 
science. Dr. Philip Billings, an English professor at LVC for 37 years, 
won The Thomas Rhys Vickroy Award for teaching, the College s 
top teaching award for a full-time faculty member. The prestigious 
honor is announced and presented each year at the Commencement 
ceremonies, and according to tradition, that winner will deliver next 
year's Commencement address. Anna Tilberg, an adjunct instructor in 
biology, won the 2007 Nevelyn J. Knisley Award, which goes to part- 
time and adjunct members of the College faculty. Dr. M. Jane Yingling, 
an assistant professor of education, won the Educator of the Year Award, 
which is voted on by the students. 

The guest speaker for the baccalaureate service in Miller Chapel 
immediately prior to Commencement was the Rev. Allan F. Wolfe, M. 
Div., who is a parochial vicar at San Juan Bautista parish in Lancaster 
and chaplain for Lancaster Catholic High School. He is the son of LVC 
biology professor Dr. Allan Wolfe and Julie Wolfe, director of LVC s 
Shroyer Health Center and head nurse. 

16 The Valley 

New Trustees 

Geret P. DePiper '68, a retired 
senior vice president and chief 
operating officer with CSX World 
Terminals, a container shipping 
company, was appointed in May 
to serve on the LVC Board of 
Trustees. After graduation, he 
served as a first lieutenant in 
the U.S. Army Transportation 
Corporation. In 1972, he began 
his career with Sea-Land Service, 
Inc., which was acquired by CSX 
Railroad in 1986. Sea-Land was the company that invented 
ocean container shipping. DePiper started as a management 
trainee, and in 2005, he retired. CSX World Terminals, LLC, 
is a builder and operator of container terminals and ports 
globally. Through the course of his career, DePiper lived 
and worked overseas three times: managing logistics supplies 
in the Gulf War; building a new port of Salalah for trans- 
shipments through the straits of Hormuz; and building the 
largest container port in North Asia located in Pusan, Korea. 

Since retiring, he and his wife, Theresa Leatherstone 
DePiper '71, have lived in Charleston, S.C. They have three 
children. He most recendy visited campus in the fall of 2006 
when he served as a Lazin resident. 

Dr. Louis B. Laguna, LVC associate 
professor of psychology, is the 
new faculty representative on the 
Board of Trustees. His teaching 
interests are in clinical psychology, 
psychopharmacology, and forensic 
psychology. He supervises the 
internship students and is a licensed 
clinical psychologist. Lagunas 
research interests include the psycho- 
physiological processes of fear and 
a variety of topics in police and 
forensic psychology. He is a member of the Pennsylvania 
Psychological Association. Laguna graduated in 1990 with 
a bachelor of science degree from The Pennsylvania State 
University. Two years later, he earned a master of science 
degree from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. In 1995, 
he was awarded a master of arts degree from the University of 
Nebraska-Lincoln, where, three years later, he also earned his 
doctoral degree. 

Charles Ryan Fisher '09, of 

Reading, began his term in May 
as a student trustee. He was one of 
three students elected by his peers 
as a candidate for the position, 
before being chosen for the honor 
by the board. The education major 
serves as treasurer of his class. He 
is working toward a degree in 
elementary and special education. 

LVC Names a New Vice 
President for Student Affairs 

Gregory H. Krikorian has been named 
vice president for student affairs at LVC. He 
assumed his new duties in July. Before coming 
to LVC, he most recendy served as vice 
president for student life at Hartwick College, 
Oneonta, N.Y. 

Krikorian, who has nearly two decades 
of experience as a student life administrator, 
"brings excellent credentials to be an effective 
vice president for student affairs," LVC President Stephen C. MacDonald 
said. "We are very pleased to have found a vice president who brings such 
a depth of experience and so many talents to Lebanon Valley College," 
MacDonald added. 

Krikorian holds a new title, taking over a similar role held by Gregory 
Stanson '63, who retired in December 2006 after more than 40 years with 
the College. Krikorian is the senior student affairs officer of the College. 
He is engaged in long-range strategic planning for College-wide learning 
outcomes assessments and is focusing on increasing student retention and 
campus diversity. 

le College endowment went from 
million before the Great Expectations Campaign to 
over $44 million by its completion? 


Dr. Lou Manza, associate 
professor and chair of psychology, 
and his student research assistants 
presented a poster in March at 
the 2007 meeting of the Eastern 
Psychological Association in 
Philadelphia. Doug Arnold '06, 
Kathy Davis '06, Jess Ferrell '05, 
Jarred Jenkins '05, Caitlin Flinn 
'05, Danielle DeLellis '06, Dan 
DelCollo '05, Alisa Albers '06, 
Elise DeVere '07, Jodi Lehman 
'07, and Heather Przyhocki '07 
worked with Manza on the poster. 

Dr. Grant Taylor, assistant 
professor of art and digital 
communications, Dr. Michael 
Pittari, assistant professor of 
art, and Karen Beall, adjunct 
instructor in art, have redesigned 
the hallways of Lynch Memorial 
Hall, displaying student artwork 

throughout. Mediums range from 
framed prints created by students in 
Taylor s Design II class, to drawings 
performed by students in three of 
Pittari s art classes, to drape forms 
made by students in Beall's ceramics 
course. The art will be rotated 
throughout the academic year; 
visitors are welcome. 

Dr. Anderson Marsh, assistant 
professor of chemistry, received a 
$144,600 research grant from the 
National Science Foundation to 
support nanocatalyst research at 
LVC. Marsh earned the grant after 
a rigorous six-month peer-review 
process. It will support a three-year 
project providing summer salaries 
for student and faculty researchers, 
chemical supplies, and funds for 
students and faculty to travel to 
scientific meetings to present their 

Marsh's current research group 
consists of Jason Navin '08, Carrie 
Kauffinan '08, Michael Pbrambo '09, 
and Christopher Berg '10. In the 

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revitalized Neidig-Garber Science Center, 
the Marsh group will carry out this work in 
the new nanotechnology laboratory and in 
the chemistry instrumentation laboratory. 
In the past two years, undergraduate 
students working with Marsh on several 
projects have presented 12 research papers 
at regional and national scientific meetings. 
One of his students, Thomas Gordon '07, 
won a national first-place award in the 
Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry 
at the 2006 American Chemical Society 
Meeting in San Francisco. 

Dr. Sharon Arnold, chair 
and associate professor of 
sociology, recently announced 
that LVC s Sociology 
Department was awarded a 
chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta 
(AKD), the international 
society of scholars dedicated 
to scholarship in the study of 
sociology. LVC will induct its 
first AKD class in spring 2008. 

Dr. Barbara Anderman, 

chair and associate professor of 
art and art history, delivered a 
paper in March, titled "Medals, 
Manuscripts, and Maroquins: 
Gblbert, Greece, and Some 
Sources of Neo-Classical 
Imagery" at the annual meeting 
of the American Society of 
Eighteenth-Century Studies 
in Adanta. She also presented 
a paper in July, titled "Contacts Between 
the Eighteenth-Century Academies Royales 
and Some Implications for the Arts," at the 
Xlle Congres International des Lumieres in 
Montpellier, France. 

Dr. Jean-Paul Benowitz, adjunct 
instructor of history, presented a paper 
in April, titled "The Senators Kennedy: 
Jack, Bobby, and Ted; Sixty Years of the 
Life and Work of the Kennedy Brothers 
in the United States Senate," at the 
annual meeting of the American Culture 
Association in Boston. 

Dr. Joerg Mayer, professor emeritus of 
mathematical sciences, continues to write 
reviews for CHOICE, the journal of the 
American Library Association. In 2006, 
he began writing a weekly column for his 
Vermont hometown daily, the Brattleboro 

The Rev. Dr. Paul M. Fullmer, LVC 

chaplain, recendy co-authored and published 

a booklet, tided Greek at a Glance: Summary 
Reference Sheets for Readers of New Testament 
Greek (with Robert H. Smith). 

Frank Mols joined the College in July as 
the new director of the Bishop Library. Mols 
comes to LVC with 17 years of experience 
at Binghamton University in New York, 
where he served as an interim director and 
associate director. He also brings academic 
library experience from Old Dominion 
University, Grand Valley State College, and 
Pennsylvania State University. 

Joelle Lemerle 
Stopkie, professor 
emerita of French, has 
launched a new adult 
education program 
in Montpellier, 
France. The Adult 
Cultural Program is 
a two- to four-week 
program designed for adults, couples, or 
individuals, active or retired. The program 
aims to increase the participants' enjoyment 
of French culture. It contains several optional 
modules: French civilization, language, 
culture, cooking, and excursions. Participants 
can choose accommodations either in a studio 
apartment or with a family. 

Virginia Gagliardi '07 had one of her 
compositions published in Sticks and Stones, 
a collection of student writing used in 
composition classrooms throughout the 
world. She originally wrote "Left Out" for 
Dr. Jeff Ritchie's English 112 class. Ritchie 
is an assistant professor of English and 
digital communications. 

Dr. Michael Day, professor of physics, will 
have an article published in 2008, tided "E. U. 
Condon: Science, Religion, and the Politics of 
World Peace," published in the journal Physics 
in Perspective. The article, along with two 
previous articles — "Oppenheimer on the Nature 
of Science" and "I. I. Rabi: The Two Cultures 
and the Universal Culture of Science" — form a 
trilogy on Cold War physicists and their views 
on science and society. 

Chemistry majors Timothy Garrett '08 
and Kenneth Houser '08 were honored at the 
U.S. Capitol this past spring for their research 
on the synthesis of compounds that function 
as environmental sensors. They were two of 
only 60 undergraduate science students in the 
nation to have their work selected for Posters 
on the Hill, an undergraduate research showcase 
in Washington, D.C. Houser and Garrett 
worked under the guidance of Dr. Marc Harris, 
assistant professor of chemistry, on a project to 
encapsulate metal ions that may be present in 
nuclear-waste material Their work has recendy 
been accepted for publication in The Journal of 
Inclusion Phenomena and Macrocyclic Chemistry. 

Timothy Garrett '08 (far left) and Kenneth 
Houser '08 (second from left) met with U.S. Rep. 
Tim Holden (D-17). Both LVC students work 
with Dr. Marc Harris (far right), assistant 
professor of chemistry. 

m CW 


Dr. John Norton, professor emeritus of political 
science, was recently honored by some of his 
former students through the establishment of a 
new book fund at the College. He has provided 
the following acknowledgement: 

"I was very pleased and moved when Eve Lindenmuth 
Bodeux y 87 and Renato Birihin '90 announced 
the creation of the Norton Book Fund at the alumni 
awards dinner in June. Their remarks at the 
at deal to me. Since I am an avid book lover, there could be no more 
ted honor. To those who initiated this award, and to those who support 
it, I give my heartfelt thanks. " 

John Norton 

Emeritus Professor of Polite 

^ m 

18 The Valley 


Faculty Cinema 

This column made its debut in the fall 2006 issue of 
The Valley. Here, two more faculty members share 
insights on their favorite films. 


Dr. Jeff Ritchie is an assistant professor of English and digital 

Shaun of the Dead (2004) is the type of film that I am 
embarrassed to admit I enjoy. Just as I watch A Christmas 
Story every Christmas Eve, Shaun of the Dead is the film I turn 
to before Halloween when I want to laugh and escape from 
midterms. The plot is quite simple. Boy lacking ambition loses 
girl. Boy attempts to be a hero, saves girl from zombies, and all 
is right with the world. The tide, like the film, parodies George 
Romero s grisly, apocalyptic film Dawn of the Dead. The lead, 
played by Simon Pegg, is an open-mouthed, 20-something who 
holds a dead-end job and somnambulates about his life in the 
suburbs of London. And that's the point. The film ridicules 
those rutted, habit-constrained lives that lack vitality and allow 
the worlds many wonders to pass by. In this world, people can 
walk about as zombies and few notice. Like another favorite 
film of mine, Groundhog Day ', the film holds out hope to those 
mired in their lives. If you re up for a laugh and can stomach 
some gore (excuse the pun), this is the film for you. Director: 
Edgar Wright, written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright. 


Dr. John Hinshaw is an associate professor of history and chair of 
the Department of History and Political Science. 

One of my favorite films is actually a miniseries: Rome, 
which was produced by HBO. It dramatizes the last days of the 
Roman republic and the rise of the Julian family (Julius Caesar 
and his nephew, Caesar Augustus) as the de facto imperial 
family. Like many historical dramas, Rome develops characters 
at both the top and bottom of society (Julius Caesar, legionaries, 
and slaves), but unlike most, there is as much drama and action 
at the middle and bottom levels as at the top. In particular, the 
friendship of two soldiers, the freewheeling Titus Pullo and 
his austere and more respectable friend, Lucius Vorenis, are as 
compelling as the intrigues between Caesar and the Senate. 
Roman women are every bit as loving and bloodthirsty, lustful, 
and vengeful as Roman men (or men or women today). 

The other film is one of those gems you get when you 
have children in the house: Over the Hedge. It's an animated 
film about the antics of a conniving raccoon that convinces 
a "family" of other forest creatures to forage for food in the 
suburbs, which have decimated their habitat. The creatures are 
skeptical until the raccoon introduces them to the mystical joys 
of Nacho Dorritos, at which point they are hooked. I identified 
a lot with the squirrel, who's so hyperactive that he's never 
allowed to drink caffeine. Of course, he saves the day in the end. 
When he drinks an energy drink, he becomes serene (until you 
realize he's moving so fast everyone else is frozen into place). 

LYC Career Connections: 
Alumni Online Mentoring Program 

In 2006, the Career Center launched a new software 
program, the LVC Job Center, allowing students to receive 
online assistance with their job search process. This 
program allows students to search a database of internship 
and job opportunities. Students can then submit their 
resumes and cover letters directly to potential employers or 
internship coordinators. Join the more than 225 alumni who 
have already registered to be mentors. 

A component of the LVC Job Center allows the Alumni 
Office to develop an online network of volunteer mentors. 
This mentoring program, Career Connections, will 
provide an opportunity for alumni volunteers to connect 
with students and other alumni through e-mail or phone 
conversations. Mentors will assist students with their 
career exploration and help them through the job search 
process. Mentors can also assist alumni interested in 
moving on in their current field of employment or who might 
want to explore a new career. 

Mentors can: 

• Help develop a clear perspective about a career field 

• Furnish information about a particular company or 

• Provide information about a geographic area and its 

• Give advice about the best methods for entering a 
career field 

• Offer advice for resume development and networking 

• Offer a day of shadowing 

How the program works: 

To join, alumni can visit the Alumni or Career Center 
home page and register. Alumni will be asked to complete 
an online profile. Alumni can then serve as mentors, and 
their profile will be available for all alumni and students to 
view. Participants can determine how many "contacts" 
they wish to receive each month. The database for this 
mentoring program can be sorted by major, occupation/ 
current job description, areas of expertise, co-curricular 
activities, and geographic region. This will allow students, 
and alumni to receive more personalized assistance. 

To register, please 

For questions, please contact the Alumni Office at 
717-867-6320, 1-800-ALUM-LVC (1-800-258-6582), or alumni® 

DID YOU KNOW seven new academic programs 
were added during the Great Expectations 
Campaign that built on the College's historical 
strengths and continue to draw new students 
to LVC? To find out which seven programs were 
added, read the December and January Alumni 

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valley news 

U.S. News Ranks LVC #1 in North in 'Great Schools. 
Great Prices' Category 




Lebanon Valley College was rated number one in the 
North in the "Great Schools, Great Prices" category among 
"Best Baccalaureate Colleges" in U.S. News £s? World Reports 
2008 edition of the book, Americas Best Colleges. 

For three previous years, U.S.News & World Report ranked Lebanon Valley College 
among the top 10 in the "Great Schools, Great Prices" category. The magazine publishes 
the best-known ratings of the nations colleges and universities. The 2008 edition lists 
LVC as eighth overall among all comparable institutions in the Northeastern United 

Lebanon Valley College has been ranked among the top tier of colleges and 
universities in its category for 14 consecutive years. LVC is recognized as a national 
leader in important indicators of academic quality, including student satisfaction and 
alumni satisfaction. The College is ranked in the top one percent for enrolling Freshmen 
from the top 25 percent of their High School Class (based on '06 data); the top two 
percent for Average Freshman Retention Rate (meaning the students return for their 
sophomore years); the top three percent for Average Graduation Rate; and the top eight 
percent for Average Alumni Giving Rate. 

Alumni Survey Results — Over 2.200 Participants 

Thank you to the 2,275 LVC alumni who took the time to fill out the College's first 
alumni survey in over a decade. The response represents over 17 percent of all living 
alumni. Some highlights are: 

• 77 percent have a strong or very strong level of pride toward LVC 

• 97 percent would recommend LVC to friends and family in the college search 

• 80 pefcent are very satisfied or completely satisfied with The Valley magazine 

• The Valley, the LVC web site, and the monthly alumni e-newsletter are the primary 
sources of information about LVC 

• 84 percent spend at least 30 minutes reading each issue of The Valley 

• Class Notes and "news about alumni in my class" were the top two areas read in the 

LVC License Plates 
- Only 60 Remaining 

Show your Valley pride 
wherever you go! 

LVC license plates are available for 
residents of the Commonwealth of 
Pennsylvania. The cost is $20 and 
delivery takes approximately two to 
three weeks. Download the application 
or, to have one mailed to you, call the 
Alumni Office at 1-800-ALUMLVC 
(1-800-258-6582) or 717-867-6320, or 


Five longtime faculty and staff members retired 
in 2007: Shirley J. Hockley '80, director 
of Annville continuing education; Gregory 
G. Stanson '63, vice president emeritus for 
enrollment and student services; Dr. John P. 
Kearney, professor emeritus of English; O. Kent 
Reed, men's and women's track and field coach, 
and men's cross country coach; and Beverly A. 
Yingst, desk supervisor, Arnold Sports Center. 

20 The Valley 

Editor's Note: A faithful reader recently pointed out that we 
had neglected to acknowledge the 2004 Alumni Association 
award recipients. To correct this error, here is the list: 

LVC Announces Alumni Awards 

In June, several Lebanon Valley College alumni received recognition from 
their alma mater during Alumni Weekend festivities. The Distinguished 
Alumni Award, Young Alumni Award, Dr. June E. Herr Educator Award, 
Creative Achievement Award, and several Alumni Citations were presented 
to some of our most distinguished graduates. 

Distinguished Alumni Award 
Dr. Robert M. Harbaugh 74 
Betty Criswell Hungerford '54 

Alumni Citations 

Robert J. Brill '61 

Robert L Dinerman '68 

Dr. Nancy M. Fenstermacher '61 

John "Jack" Hubley 73 

Dr. David G. Thompson '65 

Young Alumni Award 
Suzanne E. Enterline '96 

Creative Achievement Award 
Dr. Peter H. Riddle '61 

D. Clark Carmean Award 
in Admissions 
Georgianne Funk Jones '57 
Adora Rabiger Smith '55 

LVC Distinguished Alumna Award - 2007 

Elizabeth Robinson Unger, Ph.D., M.D., 72 

The work of research 
scientist Dr. Elizabeth 
Robinson Unger '72 

directly affects the 
lives of most women, 
their daughters, and 
granddaughters. Unger 
pioneered new methods 
for detecting the human 
papillomavirus (HPV) 
which can lead to 
cervical cancer. For her 
contributions to disease 
control, Unger received 

the 2007 Lebanon Valley College Distinguished Alumna 
Award. She is team leader of the Human Papillomavirus 
Program at the National Center for Infectious Diseases 
in Adanta, Ga. This HPV consortium researches how 
to control not only new HPV infections, but also 
the major chronic diseases, such as cancer, that it can 
cause. lingers awards are numerous; her publication 
list covers more than two full pages, single spaced; and 
she is highly recognized for her research interests in 
molecular diagnostics, viral oncogeneses, and molecular 
epidemiology. She has also investigated DNA in cancer 
detection. While studying for her bachelor's degree in 
chemistry at the College, Dr. James Spencer and his 
faculty team encouraged her to enroll in the Summer 
Research Program, which helped her find her niche in 
life, and prepared her exceptionally well, she says, for The 
University of Chicago's graduate school. She was able 
to successfully "pass out" of some classes, she reports, 
because she had mastered "learning to learn" at LVC. 
Unger is board certified in anatomic pathology. She was 
a post-doctoral research fellow of the American Cancer 
Society and The W. W. Smith Charitable Trust in the 
Pathology Department at Hershey prior to joining the 
faculty of Emory University as an academic surgical 
pathologist. Unger also has served as a Girl Scout leader 
for 26 years and was recendy given the Lighthouse Award 
in the Three Services Unit of Atlanta. Unger and her 
husband, Robert L. "Bob" Unger '69, have Valley "blue 
blood" in their veins. She has been a valuable scholarship 
contact and member of the Auxiliary. He was formerly on 
the staff at the College. Their son, James, graduated from 
LVC in 1998 and their daughter, Evelyn, is a senior. 

Young Alumni Award 

David Sullivan, who earned a degree in accounting in 1992, won 
the 2007 Young Alumni Award for his devotion to the Valley and 
commitment to his profession. He has served on the Alumni Council, the 
Recent Graduate Committee, and the Vickroy Committee. After leading 
the record-setting 1991 football team, he has been a regular supporter 
of that LVC athletic program. Since July 2006, Sullivan has been tax 
administrator and executive director for the Division of Taxation for the 
State of Rhode Island, overseeing 223 employees. Earlier, for 10 years, 
he worked for the State of Delaware s Division of Revenue, most recently 
as deputy director. Sullivan also was an adjunct professor at Wilmington 
College in Delaware. He holds a master of science degree in taxation from 
Widener University. He and his wife, Catherine Crissman Sullivan '94, 
reside in East Greenwich, R.I. 

Dr. June E. Herr Educator of the Year Award 

Lucy LeFevre Sumner '67, founder of The Magic Penny, Inc., a nonprofit 
organization that develops individualized self-sufficiency action plans to 
empower rural communities in Sierra Leone, was awarded the Dr. June E. Herr 
Educator of the Year Award. Dedicated to bringing education, health care, 
and economic growth to the rural areas of Sierra Leone, The Magic Penny has 
built a community center for Sumner's home village of Bompehtoke, provided 
funds to dig five wells to supply fresh water, and built sanitary facilities for the 
village. The organization is currendy trying to raise $360,000 to build a school 
for Bompehtoke and the cluster of villages around it. Sumner, who came from 
Sierra Leone to LVC on a scholarship, recendy retired after teaching music for 
31 years in Harborfields Central School District, located on Long Island, N.Y., 
where she resides. 

Creative Achievement Award 

Cheryl Kirk Noll '72, a freelance illustrator of children's books, was awarded 
the Alumni Associations 2007 Creative Achievement Award. In addition 
to contributing drawings to Highlights for Children magazine, Noll also has 
illustrated The Ben Franklin Book of Easy & Incredible Experiments as well 
as Where is Thumbkin? Her other books include The Black Regiment of the 
American Revolution, about America's first black soldiers; A Basket of Bangles, a 
picture book about a group of women who live in Bangladesh and start their 
own business; and The Crane Wife, a Japanese folklore of compassion, greed, 
and loss. Noll specializes in multicultural and historic illustration. She has 
researched and illustrated stories from diverse cultures such as the Hmong of 
Southeast Asia, the Micmac of Canada, and the Han dynasty of ancient China. 
Her published work includes children's picture books, textbooks, posters, 
greeting cards, teacher-and-parent resource books, and magazines. In addition 
to her elementary education degree from LVC, she also earned a bachelor's 
degree in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design, where she now 
teaches children's book illustration. 

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valley news 

LVC Alumni Citations 2007 

Eve Lindemuth Bodeux '87 of Colorado, an international 
communications consultant, translator, and owner of Bodeux 
International, earned an Alumni Citation. She helps technology 
companies sell their products overseas by making sure that their 
cultural references and their use of language appeal to their 
target markets. Her company has subtitled films for a major U.S. 
broadcaster for its Eastern European and other markets, translated 
documents for a development project in Senegal, and translated 
a 3-D software package into five languages for architects and 
designers. She also headed up a project that adapted a main intranet 
infrastructure used by many American universities to communicate 
with their students. This project was adapted for Italy, Spain, and 
France, but her work has taken her to three continents. Published 
in several international industry publications and quoted in Business 
Weeky she has edited translator newsletters and has taught political 
science, technical translation, and French at the university level. 
Bodeux graduated with a degree in political science and French and 
holds a masters degree in international relations from the University 
of Virginia. Fluent in French and a student in German, Spanish, 
and Japanese, she was awarded a graduate degree with honors in 
European civilization from the Centre Europeen Universitaire of the 
Universite de Nancy II in France. 

Dr. William Lamont '67, a visionary, who is internationally 
recognized in the field of plasticulture, was presented with an 
Alumni Citation for his outstanding contributions to agriculture 
and horticulture. Plasticultures focuses on using agricultural plastic 
to extend growing seasons, grow food crops where they previously 
could not nourish, produce higher quality and greater quantities 
for food, and create positive impacts on the environment. During 
Alumni Weekend, Lamont demonstrated Plastofuel, a way to 
recover heat energy from dirty, used, and — until now — non- 
recyclable plastics. Lamont is part of a team at The Pennsylvania 
State University in State College, where he is a professor, which 
uses agricultural plastic material, previously a nonrecyclable waste 
product, to produce pellets that can be burned as fuel. His project is 
in the prototype stage now and is waiting for refinement until it can 
be used on a large scale. He also spoke to students in October as part 
of the Colleges yearlong Energy Colloquium. 

John A. Schoch Jr. '72, president and CEO of Profile Products, a 
leading supplier of turf products in the United States and abroad, 
was awarded an Alumni Citation. One of his company's products, 
Turface Athletics, has been used on more sports fields than any 
other brand, including at LVC. Other clients include the 2004 
Olympic Fields, Chicago Bear s Soldier s Field, and Washington 
Redskins FedEx Field. While at the Valley, Schoch was a member 
of the football and golf teams and was a member of Phi Gamma 
Mu History Honor Society and was a Philo brother. From 1992 to 
1996, he served on the Alumni Council and was president of the 
LVC Alumni Association from 1994 to 1996. Schoch is only one of 
a number of family members who have graduated from the Valley, 
including his late wife, Jan Garber Schoch'72, who died in 1989, 
and in whose honor Schoch created a scholarship; and his brother, 
Jim Schoch '76. John Schoch resides in Naperville, 111., with his 
wife, Jamie, and has three daughters: Alyson, Karyn, and Megan. 

Robert H.Stull '62 

Because of his outstanding professional career with the Pennsylvania 
Department of Transportation and for his extraordinary service 
to LVC, the Alumni Association presented an Alumni Citation to 
Robert H. "Bob" Stull '62. As manager of the Training Division 
for PennDOT for nearly 20 years, he designed and implemented 
the department's Transportation University, which became a model 
program. His expertise in training led him to conduct assessments 
worldwide. In 1999, he helped to assess the training needs of the 
Ministry of Surface Transport for the Government of India, a project 
funded by the World Bank. In 2004, Stull was inducted into the 
LVC Hall of Fame for his outstanding athletic career. He was co- 
captain of the 1961-62 MAC Championship football team and is 
active in organizing reunion meetings for the team members. Stull also 
volunteered to co-chair the memorial committee for John Zola '63. 
Due to Stulls strong leadership, the committee successfully completed 
the Zola Memorial. Stulls wife, Nancy Wagner Stull '64, also worked 
very hard to ensure the success of these efforts. Currendy, Stull 
is co-chair of a scholarship committee in honor of the late Judge 
Rowland Barnes '62, Stulls former teammate. 

International Student Reunion 

All international graduates of LVC are invited back to campus 
next June for an international student reunion. The reunion 
will be tied to Alumni Weekend, June 13-1 5, 2008. There will be 
activities all weekend. Contact the Office of Alumni Programs 
at 1.800.ALUM.LVC (1.800.258.6582) or 

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22 The Valley 

The Road to 

By Dr. Diane M. Iglesias 


the apostle Saint James the 
Greater traveled to the Iberian 
Peninsula after the death of 
Christ to spread the gospel. 
He later returned to Jerusalem 
where he was martyred, but 
popular stories recount that 
his body was carried back to 
Spain on a stone boat aided 
by angels and blown by strong 
winds through the Strait of 
Gibraltar to Finesterre in the 
northwest corner of Spain. 
His headless body was buried 
there and then forgotten 
for eight centuries until the 
monk Pelayo claimed to have 
discovered it after following a 
bright star that stopped over 
an open field. A church was 
built over the site and a town 
quickly grew around it. 

My first Visit to Santiago de Compostela 
was when I was 19 years old and a student at the 
University of Sevilla in southern Spain. I already 
had developed a passion for Medieval Spanish 
literature when I discovered the Codex Calixtinus, 
a fascinating 12th-century manuscript that 
recounts the amazing pilgrimage to Santiago de 
Compostela — Saint James of the Field of the Star. 
For centuries it has been an important pilgrimage 
site, as important as Rome and Jerusalem, and has 
attracted pilgrims from all over the world. 

While I was still in my teens I resolved that 
I, too, would undertake the pilgrim path in 
the tradition that had remained unchanged 
for centuries. I would seek my official Pilgrims 
Passport and earn the Compostela, an official 
certificate issued in Latin, certifying the 
completion of the pilgrimage. Over the years, I 
have regaled my students with tales of the famous 
pilgrimage route, but, although I had visited 
Santiago more than a dozen times, it was not 
until the spring of 2006 that I finally began the 
authentic pilgrim experience. The trip would be 
far more difficult than I imagined. 

After getting the official Pilgrims passport, 
I determined that I would take the traditional 

Camino Frances 
that begins in 
Roncesvalles and 
continues across the 
northern section of 
Spain to Santiago. 
Official pilgrims 
may undertake this 
journey by foot, by bicycle, or by horse. 

I decided that I would walk the route, and, 
since I am much more comfortable on Madison 
Avenue than on a rugged trail, I decided to do 
the minimum number of kilometers necessary to 
gain the Latin certificate. A dear friend agreed to 
accompany me, and we began the journey early 

] hi- i hutch of Santiago 
(alwvv) and its cemetery an- 
on i hi' pilgrimage just outside 
of Port wn*t rin. The Cloister of 
the Cofegio de Fottseca (left) is 
in Santiago de Compostela, 

on a snowy March morning in Sarria, a town 110 
kilometers away from our destination. 

The traditional gear required for the walk 
includes good hiking boots and a backpack filled 
with whatever one might require for a weeks 
existence. Pilgrims also wear a scallop shell that 
marks one as a pilgrim and gives special privileges 
along the journey. 

We had to walk six hours a day, and the 
terrain was more rugged than I had imagined. We 
climbed mountains, crossed streams and rivers, 
trekked through pine forests, and followed mud 
paths through rural, nearly abandoned towns. 
The only indication that we were on the correct 
path was a series of painted yellow arrows that 
appeared on buildings, stones, or walls every 
several kilometers. The people we met on the path 
were from many countries and were of all ages. 
Their reasons for undertaking the journey were 
varied, but all of us shared a special bond. We 
were united with the millions of pilgrims who had 
walked the path before us. 

It is impossible to describe what I felt upon 
my arrival at the cathedral of Santiago. After 
receiving my official Compostela* I was invited 
to the special Pilgrims' Mass during which all 
pilgrims are individually welcomed. During the 
celebration, I again witnessed the ceremony in 
which the hotafumeiro* an immense censer, is 
hung from a great chain and swung in a huge 
arc across the transept guided by eight men with 
ropes. The experience of the Camino is timeless 
and allows the modern pilgrim to join the path 
with centuries of others who have gone before. 

Dr. Diane M. Iglesias is a professor of 
Spanish at Lebanon Valley College where 
she teaches courses in Spanish language, 
culture, civilization, literature, and foreign 
language methodology. 

class news & notes 

NOTE: All locations are in Pennsylvania 
unless otherwise noted. 


Ruth Darlington Essick Miller '29 

celebrated her 100th birthday in May 2007. 
Her advice for todays youth: "Stay away 
from drugs, work hard, become Christians, 
and follow the Lord." 


Cordelia Shaeffer Felder '37 wrote that 
there are 1 1 living members of LVCs class 
of 1937. 

Congratulations to Dorothy Null Frey '39 
and Raymond Frey '39 who celebrated 
their 65th wedding anniversary in May 
2007. Also in May, Dorothy celebrated her 
89th birthday and Raymond celebrated his 
90th birthday. The happily married couple 
is actively enjoying residency at Cornwall 

physical wellness center, 
was funded through the Great 
Expectations Campaign? 


Twin brothers David Lenker '40 and Jesse 

Lenker '40 [since deceased; please see his 
memorial on page 39] observed their 90th 
birthday on Jan. 18, 2007, by reminiscing 
and sharing their stories of growing up 
in West Hanover Township, and their 
association to the Lenkerbrook Dairy. 

Martha Davies DeHaven '42 was unable to 
attend her 65th reunion and was sorry she 
had to miss it. 

Elizabeth Reiff Marino '46 said she 
enjoyed her 60th class reunion last June. 
She has had a busy season playing violin 
in the Rio Hondo Symphony Orchestra 
and principal viola in the Pasadena 

Community Orchestra, participating in the 
Tuesday Musicale at St. Cecelia clubs of 
Pasadena, and playing for weddings with 
the Woodward String Quartet. Elizabeth 
says the brides are getting younger . . . and 

JUNE 13-15. 2008 

Ruth Billow Guida '48 has traveled to the 
Canary Islands and Kenya for fun. She has 
worked in Arizona; Puerto Rico; Quito, 
Ecuador; and Colombia, South America, on 
mission trips. She is keeping busy working 
in the office of her church. 


Floyd M. Baturin, Esq., '51, a past 
president of the War Veterans Council 
of Greater Harrisburg, recendy attended 
the Marine Corps Law Enforcement 
Foundation dinner in New York City. 

Harry W. Hall Jr. '54 has been retired 
since 1989, after teaching for 35 years 
in Lebanon, Carlisle, Red Land, and 
Lewisberry, as well as ClifFside Park, NJ. 
He has a continued interest in farming. 

Edith Werntz Taylor '55 recendy sang with 
the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte, N.C. 
She performed Samuel Barber's Prayers of 
Kierkegaard 'with the Charlotte Symphony. 

Tom Wolfgang '55 and Betty Jane "B.J." 
Swisher Wolfgang '54 have been traveling 
to different countries. Last year they visited 
Ukraine, Russia, Slovenia, and Croatia. This 
year they visited Greece, and cruised the 
Rhine and Danube rivers from Amsterdam 
to Vienna. 

Henry W. Shuey Jr. '57 and his wife, 
Nancy, celebrated their 50th wedding 
anniversary in April 2007. Henry is retired 
from the Northern Lebanon School District 
where he was a teacher and administrator. 

Nathalie Davis Wagner '57 is a legal 
analyst for the Teachers Insurance and 
Annuity Association — College Retirement 
Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF) in New York. 
Since 1981, she has been the president 

of the Wagner Society of New York, a 
not-for-profit organization furthering the 
appreciation and performance of the works 
of composer Richard Wagner. 

03 CLASS, 

John H. Sproul '58 is pleased to announce 
that he and his wife, Bertie, recently moved 
to their new retirement home in Glen Mills. 

Bernerd A. Buzgon, Esq., '59 has been 
designated a "super lawyer" for the fourth 
consecutive year. He has been named to 
Philadelphia Magazines "Pennsylvania Super 
Lawyers 2007, The Ultimate Guide to the 
Best Attorneys in Pennsylvania." 

In September 2006, Frank Giovinazzo '59 
and his wife, Beverly Sprenkle Giovinazzo 

'60, had the opportunity to see some of 
their dear friends from LVC. They were able 
to spend time with R. Lee Kunkel '57 and 
his wife, Rosalind (Rosie) Horn Kunkel 
'60, as well as Frank J. Catanzaro '57 and 
his wife, Bea. 


The Rev. Joseph Dietz '60 has been 
assigned by the Bishop of the Diocese of 
Pennsylvania as deacon assistant at Epiphany 
Episcopal Church in Royersford. 

Dr. Richard Harper '60 is a consultant in 
restorative dentistry and dental education to 
the general practice residency program at the 
Department of Dentistry at the Cleveland 
Clinic, Ohio. Prior to his involvement in 
graduate education, Richard completed 31 
years of service with the U.S. Navy Dental 
Corps, retiring from his position as dean 
of the Navy Graduate Dental School, at 
Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. 

Richard S. Miller '60 and Janet Taylor '60 

were married in October 2005. Although 
both are retired music educators, they are 
still active musicians. The Millers live in 

Carolee Green Weidner '60 continues to 
stay active with her music. She is an organist 
at a Presbyterian church, volunteers at a 

24 The Valley 

local middle school, and accompanies its 
band and chorus at district and ensemble 
judging. Carolee is staying limber by doing 
water aerobics and walking. 

JUNE 13-15. 2008 

G. Thomas Keehn '63 and his wife, 
Cecelia Reed Keehn '62, spent two months 
this past summer traveling through Russia 
and Scandinavia. 

Shirley Brown Michel '63 is a retired 
public school music teacher. 

The Rev. William A. Sherman '63 retired 
on Oct. 1, 2006, after 40 years of ministry 
in the United Church of Christ. For 30 
years, he served as an installed pastor 
and for the last 10 years, worked as an 
international pastor. 

Kathryn S. Skewis '63 is active in the St. 
Michael Lutheran Church in Strasburg 
serving as a choir member and director of 
the hand bell choir. She also is involved 
with the council and music/worship 
committee and entertains in nursing homes 
and senior centers. Kathryn is also active in 
the Lancaster Musical Art Society. 

Bishop Susan Wolfe Hassinger '64, H'97 

is the interim bishop in Albany, N.Y., for 
the United Methodist Church. She is also 
bishop-in-residence and a part- time adjunct 
faculty member at Boston University School 
of Theology. 

Charles H. Martin '64 ran for re-election 
for a fourth term as a Bucks County 
Commissioner. He continues to serve on 
the board of directors of the Southeast 
Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA). 

Dr. Edward L. Nickoloff'65 is a professor 
of radiology at Columbia University, New 
York City. 

The Rev. Dr. Carl A. Synan '65 retired 
from the clergy in 2006. He is the chaplain 
at Gaston Hospice, Gastonia, N.C. 

LVC Traditions: 

The Ghosts of LVC 

By Jasmine Ammons Bucher '97 

Does the ghost of past-president Clyde L. Lynch really traverse the winding stairuise 
of Laughlin Hall? Does the Wig and Buckle Theater Company have an unconventional, 
phantom patron? And what about all of the mystical oo surrounding North 

College? For nearly a decade, alumni, students, and Valley parents have joined College 
narrators to discover the answers to these and other burning questions. 

Started in the late 1990s by Judge John Walter '53, H'06, the LVC Ghost Tour 
has become an Oktoberfesr Weekend tradition. Over the past tew years, the popularity 
of the tour has grown. "Last n*ar, " says Dr. Kevin Pry '76, associate professor of 
English and current LVC Ghost Tour host, "wv u| , _ . 

waited the tour at the entrance of Mund College ' * ® 1 3SCII13ting tO 

Center with nearly 60 attendees. Just a Few sites h&clf f FOID B CUT MJflt 
later, the crowd had grown to over 1 00. By the *\f\r%-r 

time we rounded the campus bend to the library, SlUuGliL tflG ZUU I 
there were nearly 160 people in the audience." VGrSIOfl Of 3 SflOSt 

Not only does Pry attribute the expansion of 

the crowd to interested onlookers, but he also StOFy tflBt yOU II 63 TO 

attributes it to students who used cell phones to Sq* f Up first tlfTlG 111 
call their friends. 

Why is the ghost tour so popular? Among 1*7 * d» 

several reasons, Pry credits the dynamic nature 

of a ghost tour versus the Static experience of sitting around a campflrc telling stories* 
"If you're taking people around and telling them this is where people have seen this™ 
explains Pry, "then their ability to suspend their disbelief and get the shivers is all 
the better.' 1 In addition to the natural adrenaline rush people feci from being seared, 
he thinks alumni like the ghost tour because it helps them reconcile the diflcfltn 
between their beloved campus of the past and the revamped campus of today. 

But for Pry, the most rewarding part of the ghost tour is seeing the immediate 
effect of his low-key presentation on the audience, "The longer the tour goes on, 1 ' says 
Pry, "the more you can watch the skepticism go and the suit- o( wonder take over/ 
Interacting with the audience is particularly rewarding for Pry, especially when he 
hears modified versions of the same tales students shared when he attended LV( \ in the 
1 970s. "It's fascinating to hear from a current student the 2007 version of ;t ghost story 
that you heard for the first time in 1 973." 

For more information about LVC campus lore and traditions, visit the L-Online at 

Jasmine Ammons Bucher '97 is the assistant director of college relations 
for print and web at Lebanon Valley College- 

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class news denotes 

JUNrT^T57 2008 

Barbara Ankrum '68 and Robert D. Miller 
exchanged wedding vows on Oct. 7, 2007, 
at the historic Drumore Friends Meeting 
House in Drumore. It was a surprise 
wedding for friends and family. Barbara and 
her new husband have a combined total of 
seven children and 15 grandchildren. 

In April 2007, after 37 years of service, 
Carl L. Marshall '69 retired from 
the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational 
Rehabilitation. He will continue consulting 
with Wright State University in Ohio as a 
drug and alcohol educator. 


Larry A. Bowman '70 has been selected as 
president of the Lebanon Valley Chamber of 
Commerce. He is a certified U.S. Chamber 
of Commerce executive, a Pennsylvania 
Chamber of Commerce executive, and an 
American Chamber of Commerce director. 

Mona Enqu is t -Johns ton '71, a naturalist 
with the Fairfax County (Va.) Park 
Authority, recendy received the Onthank 
Award, the highest honor Fairfax County 
bestows on its employees. Mona was 
recognized for her accomplishments as 
Fairfax County Park Authority's Resource 
Management Divisions coordinator for 
volunteer, interpretation, and program 
services, and her valuable contributions to 
advancing stewardship in the county. 

On July 1, 2007, The Rev. John Lynch 

'71 was appointed pastor of the Annville 
United Methodist Church. He was formerly 
at Myerstown Zion United Methodist 
Church. John is the grandson of LVC s 1 1th 
President, Dr. Clyde Lynch (1932-1950). 

In June 2007, after 33 years of teaching, 
Jo Ann Otto Brewer '72 retired from the 
Northern Lebanon School District. She 
has been included three times in Who's Who 
Among Americas Teachers. 

Judith Holt Gibney 72 and Andrew E. 
Sharp Jr. exchanged wedding vows on 
March 3, 2007, in Denham Springs, La., 

after having to postpone their wedding in 
2005 due to Hurricane Katrina. Judy is a 
retired Federal Civil Service budget analyst. 

Donna L. Winch '72 has retired after 
34 years of teaching vocal music in the 
Susquehanna Township School District s 
middle school. She now teaches music part- 
time to K-8 students at the Infinity Charter 
School for the Gifted in Harrisburg. 


Kenneth R. Gilberg, Esq., '73 joined 
the law firm of Flaster/Greenberg P.C. in 
Philadelphia as a shareholder, becoming 
Flaster/Greenbergs first real labor lawyer. 

Harold E. Ladd III '73 is a sales associate at 
Belk, Inc., Raleigh, N.C. 

Robert Bollinger Lee '73 received the 
League of United Latin American Citizens 
2007 National Presidential Citation 
Community Service Award. 

Wesley "Wes" T. Dellinger 75 recently 
received his real estate broker s license. Wes 
is the director of Brownstone Real Estate 
Company's Lebanon operation. He received 
Brownstone Real Estate s top agent award 
in 2002 and 2003, and has been named to 
the Winner s Circle for production by the 
Lebanon County Association of Realtors 
each year since 1999. He has also been on 
the Winner s Circle of the Harrisburg Area 
Realtors during the same period, and was 
named Realtor of the Year by the Lebanon 
County Association of Realtors in 1996 
and 1998. Wes has been a member of the 
Colleges Board of Trustees since 1988 
and currently chairs the board s Facilities 

Stephen Miller '75 was honored by being 
named a Teacher Mentor in the Lebanon 
High School by one of his students who 
graduated in June 2007. He was featured in 
a special edition of The Lebanon Daily News. 

Beth Early Brandt '76 and her husband, 
Tom, became grandparents to Noah Thomas 
Brandt on Dec. 23, 2006. Noahs father, 
Mark Brandt, is currendy attending LVC 
and will earn his English teaching certificate 
in December 2008. 

Deborah Horst Mcintosh '76 is a 

missionary with ReachGlobal Mission in 
Minneapolis, Minn. She and her husband, 
Tim, have worked as missionaries with the 
Evangelical Free Church in Lima, Peru, for 
the past 24 years. Debbie also teaches music 
at the International Christian School of 
Lima, which she and her husband helped to 
found in 2000. 

Susan Shemeta Stachelczyk '76 received 
the top company producer award at O'Brien 
Realty in Lexington Park, Md., for the fifth 

Linda Weaver Blair '77 recently completed 
a two-year term as member-at-large on 
the Music Library Association board of 
directors and continues to serve on one of 
the association's cataloging committees. She 
currently performs with the Rochester Flute 
Association Choir. 

Pamela L. Robbins '77 wrote to say, 
"Hi Class: How are things? Since our 
last reunion, I have: become a Catholic, 
passed an audition for an all-German choir, 
performed in the choruses of 1 5 different 
shows, directed (and sometimes acted 
in) five one-acts that I wrote myself, and 
discovered the fun and rewards of working 
in vocational rehab. What's new with all of 
you? Hope the next five years bring much 
joy and fulfillment for us all." 

Keith A. Symons '77 has been teaching 
instrumental music in the Hamburg Area 
School District for 29 years. He is also the 
organist/senior and youth choir accompanist 
at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church in 

John Wagner '77 is the plant manager at 
Merck & Co., Inc., in Durham, N.C. 

DID YOU KNOW that the LVC 
Gymnasium, which was funded 
through the Great Expectations 
Campaign, seats more than 1650 
spectators and includes the 
Dutchmen Lounge, a special 
event area that overlooks the 

26 The Valley 


Gloria L. Centofanti '78 is the owner/ 
president of Custom Touch Interiors, 
Interior Design & Faux Painting in Sturgis, 

Pat Van Ostenbridge Lanno '78 teaches 
music at Mountain View School in 
Jefferson, N.C., where she was recently 
named Teacher of the Year. She is also 
the director of music at Deerfield United 
Methodist Church in Boone. 

Anna Macenka Mantey '78 is a physician 
assistant at Digestive Healthcare of Georgia. 

Robert T. Hawley '79 is the senior business 
manager at AT&T in Hampton Cove, Ala. 

In May 2005, Hie Rev. Dr. Carrie Wardell 
Stine '79 received her doctor of ministry 
degree from the Gordon-Conwell Theological 
Seminary. She has been elected moderator of 
the Northumberland Presbytery Presbyterian 
Church in central Pennsylvania. 


After working at Unisys for 23 years, 
Marsha Poust '80 and her husband 
have become franchise owners of Signs 
By Tomorrow, a high-quality digital 
and graphic sign making business. Their 
business is located in Norristown. 

Dr. Raymond J. Boccuti '81 has been 
appointed superintendent of the New Hope- 
Solebury School District. Raymond previously 
served as superintendent of the School District 
of Jenkintown, from 2004-2007. 

Dr. Marcy Douglass '81 is an assistant 
professor of counseling at Shippensburg 

Pamela Shadel Fischer '81 is the director 
of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety in 
the Department of Law and Public Safety in 
New Jersey. 

Dr. Robert P. Hogan '82 has been in 
private practice in internal medicine in 
Ewing, N.J., for two years. 


your father's car at the 
age of 14 to attend 
a Lebanon Valley 
College basketball 
game would sound 
dangerous to the 
average person. 

Harry Speece (second from right) received the Hot 
Dog Frank Athletic Service Award from President 
Stephen MacDonald (far left). Kathy Tierney, former 
LVC athletic director, and Peter Afrsomes, Hot Dog 
Franks son, attended 

But not to Harry Speece — he loves LVC athletics. 

Now a 70-year-old Lebanon resident and still one of LVC s most avid fans, from 
an early age Speece tried not to miss seeing the Dutchmen compete. 

"The chance that I would be caught by my dad or stopped by the policy was not 
as scary to me as the thought of missing Lebanon Valleys game," jokes Speece. 

After serving in the U.S. Air Force for four-and-a-half years and working at 
Farmers Pride in Fredericksburg for 23 years, he decided to finally enjoy something 
he really loves — Dutchmen athletics. 

About a decade ago, Speece realized that many LVC athletic records were not 
organized anywhere and decided to take action. For the past 12 years, he has retrieved 
numerous newspaper clippings, box scores, rosters, and pictures after countless hours 
of searching for information on any of LVC s 21 intercollegiate sports. 

As a statistically-minded and orderly individual, Speece understands how 
fortunate he is to be managing such a great project. The staff at LVC has deeply 
appreciated his efforts on behalf of the College and even awarded him the prestigious 
"Hot Dog" Frank Athletic Service Award this past February. 

Braden Snyder '00, former LVC sports information director, treasures Speece's 
efforts. "Harry has been a virtual archivist for the sports information office," says 
Snyder. "Without the hours of research that he has put in, many of our record books 
would be incomplete." 

Another person intrigued by Speece's work is Head Football Coach Jim Monos, 
who has led the LVC team for a total of 1 5 years. "What is neat about Harry is he 
loves LVC sports and sports in general," notes Monos. "From a coach's perspective, he 
is special." 

Asked to recollect his favorite memory of an LVC sporting event, Speece could 
not stop at one. In the 1952-1953 season, when he was 15, he remembers being 
at the Palestra in Philadelphia as the Dutchmen basketball squad upset Fordham 
University 80-67 in overtime, and he also vividly remembers the 1993-1994 team 
defeating Buffalo State University for the NCAA Division III Championship by a 
score of 65-59 in overtime under Head Coach Pat Flannery. 

In the next two to three years, his archive project will be as complete as possible 
in his mind, but Speece encourages anyone with any information to contact him at "If it wasn't for this, I would be at home watching television 
and being a couch potato." 

Ryan Zvorsky '09 is an English major from Pottsville and sports editor 
for La Vie Collegienne. He spent the summer of 2007 interning in the 
LVC Sports Information Office. 

Fall 2007 27 

class news & notes 

W. Philip Holzman '82 is the director of 
music ministries at Vinje Lutheran Church 
in Willmar, N.M., and is dean of the 
American Guild of Organists, Prairie Lakes 

Clarence E. Miller III '82 is the controller 
at LB. Dickinson & Sons, Inc., in Reading. 

Nancy Lawless Patik '82 is the secretary/ 
treasurer of Paragon Lighting in Beaverton, 

In June 2007, Dr. David E. Ramage '82 

received his doctorate in educational 
leadership and learning technologies from 
Drexel University. He continues to work on 
technology staff development for Souderton 
Area School District. He, his wife, Diane 
Detwiler Ramage '85, and their three 
children reside in Harleysville. 

Daniel Reppert '82 is senior vice president 
and chief actuary at Life of the South in 
Jacksonville, Fla. 

JUNE 13-15. 2008 

Stephen J. Kipp '83 was recendy quoted 
in The New York Times magazine section as 
having attended a seminar in Jekyll Island, 
Ga., featuring Dr. Ruby K. Payne, expert, 
lecturer, and author on poverty issues. 
Steve is a general physical science teacher 
in the Glynn County School District in 
Brunswick, Ga. 

Dr. Keith Sweger '83 is a professor of 
bassoon at Ball State University's School 
of Music in Muncie, Ind. In July 2006 
he hosted the five-day conference of the 
International Double Reed Society at Ball 
State and is the secretary of the society. 

Karen M illiken Young '84 has been named 
one of this years "Best 50 Women in 
Business" by Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell. 
Karen is the owner of HR Resolutions, LLC, 
in Harrisburg. 

Steven M. Weddle '85 was named a Teacher 
Mentor by one of his 2007 graduates. 
Steve is a lOth-grade teacher in the Eastern 
Lebanon County High School, Myerstown. 
He was featured in a special edition of The 
Lebanon Daily News. 

Joyce Swinesburg Ceresini '86 and her 

husband, John, celebrated their 50th 
wedding anniversary in March 2007 
with a renewal of their marriage vows, 
followed by a dinner and dance. They also 
commemorated the milestone with a spring 
cruise to Bermuda. 

Ihe Rev. K. Scott Kirk '87 is a staff 
chaplain at Lucile Packard Children's 
Hospital at Stanford, Palo Alto, Calif, as 
well as at Sequoia Hospital, Redwood City. 
He is an ordained minister in the United 
Church of Christ. 

Dr. Laura Pence '87 and her longtime 
friend, Steve Watton, exchanged wedding 
vows on Aug. 5, 2006, in Simsbury, Conn. 
Laura has two step-daughters, Alexandra, 9, 
and Julianna, 7. 

Charlene White '87 is the center director 
at the Knowledge Learning Corporation in 
Camp Hill. 

Lori Kass Wright '87 is the director of 
finance for Sentara Enterprises, a division of 
Sentara Healthcare, in Norfolk, Va. 

Scott E Zieber '87 was named a senior 
associate at Gannett Fleming, an 
international planning, design, and 
construction management firm. Scott is 
based at the firms corporate headquarters in 


Francis Docherty '88 is a Uniserv director 
(Western Slope) with the Colorado 
Education Association in Grand Junction. 

Dr. Christian S. Hamann '88, was granted 
tenure and promoted to associate professor 
of chemistry and biochemistry at Albright 
College. He received the Dr. Henry P. and 
M. Paige Laughlin Annual Distinguished 
Faculty Award for Teaching. This award is 
presented to a faculty member with a strong 
presence on the Albright campus. 

Dr. Joan Hevel '88, assistant professor of 
chemistry and biochemistry at Utah State 
University, recently received a $250,000 
research grant funded by the Herman 
Frasch Foundation and administered by the 

American Chemical Society. The grant, one 
of only 12 awarded nationally in 2007, will 
support basic research related to agricultural 
applications. Another LVC chemistry 
graduate, Dr. Aaron Aponick '98, also 
received one of the 12 grants. 

James P. Pierzga '88 is the director of the 
digital ad network at Clipper Magazine in 

Dr. Brian D. Robinson '89 has been 
named principal at Rieck Avenue School in 
the Millville Public Schools in New Jersey. 
He is also an adjunct professor at Rowan 

Dr. Tracy S. Shank '89 is the superintendent 
of schools for the South Eastern School 
District, Fawn Grove. 


Rick Beard '90, M'92 

was named athletic 

director at LVC in 

July. He was promoted 

after serving as an 

assistant athletic 

director at the Valley 

for seven years. Beard 

has worked in LVC 

athletics for over 20 years in a multitude of 

capacities including director of the Arnold 

Sports Center, assistant football coach, and 

defensive coordinator. 

Timothy J. Eck '90 was named by two of 
his 2007 graduates from Lebanon High 
School as a Teacher Mentor. He teaches 
music in the Lebanon School District. 
Timothy was featured in a special edition of 
The Lebanon Daily News. 

Ralph D. Heister III '90 was honored 
by being named a Teacher Mentor in the 
Lebanon High School by one of his biology 
students from the class of 2007. He was 
featured in a special edition of The Lebanon 
Daily News. 

CW3 Daryl M. Stump '90 has been in 
the Army for 17 years. He is a personnel 
technician, assigned to the 25th Infantry 
Division, and is currently deployed in Iraq. 
Because of his Army career, he has traveled 
to many places: Anchorage, Alaska; Seoul, 
Korea; and Hawaii, among others. Daryl 
will pin on Chief Warrant Officer Four 
(CW4) later this year. 

28 The Valley 

Jefrey A. Betz '91 and Katherine Henry 
Betz '91 welcomed a son, Sawyer Ulysses, 
into their family on Nov. 26, 2006. 

Kirk Campbell '91 and Joanne Hilbert 
exchanged wedding vows on March 24, 
2007, in Hanover. Kirk is the son of Dr. 
Phylis Dryden, LVC professor emerita of 

After holding the position of assistant football 
coach at Palmyra Area High School for the 
past five years, Christopher D. Pope '91 
has accepted the position of head football 
coach. Chris is a science teacher at Milton 
Hershey High School. 

Sarah Miller Whitworth '91 is an elementary 
school counselor in the Northampton Area 
School District. She has two daughters: 
Catherine Sarah, 8, and Mary Rita, 4. 

Dr. Michelle Brailsford Ambrose '92 

and her husband, Andrew, welcomed 
a daughter, Caroline Olivia, into their 
family on Oct. 8, 2006. Caroline joins big 
brother Noah, 7. Michelle is an operational 
psychologist, acting as the psychology 
director for the U.S. Air Forces Survival, 
Evasion, Resistance, and Escape program. 
The family has relocated to Fairchild Air 
Force Base, Washington. 

Karina Hoffman Dussinger '92 received 
her master s degree in nursing and became 
a certified registered nurse practitioner 
in 2003. She specializes in geriatric and 
internal medicine in Ephrata. 

Peter J. Grindrod '92 is a detective in the 
Stratford Police Department in Connecticut. 

Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Peggy J. Hengeveld '92 

retired from the U.S. Army after 28 years 
as an Army nurse corps officer with the 
Pennsylvania Army National Guard. 

Jennifer Peters Liedtka '92, M'OO and her 
husband, Karl Liedtka '91, welcomed a 
son, Max R., into their family on May 14, 
2007. Max joins big brother Jack. Jen is the 
institutional data analyst at LVC. Karl is the 
coordinator of counseling services for the 
Lebanon School District. 

Heidi L. Rauenzahn Scarano '92 changed 
careers after 18 years in the science field. 
She graduated in May from Albright 
College with a K-12 teaching certificate. 
She is a charter member of Albright s Alpha 
Delta Gamma branch of Kappa Delta Pi, an 
international educational honor society. 

Mt. Gretna: Botanical Riches 


The best way 

to observe plants is to see them where they grow. 
On campus, familiar plantings in the Arboretum allow students and staff to track seasonal 
changes. But for special class studies in fall and early spring, Mt. Gretna is the location 
of choice. Since the days of professors Samuel H. Derickson 
1902, H'25 and O. Pass Bollinger '28, LVC students have 
ventured into the fields and woods in and around downtown 
Mt. Gretna. Ecology classes, lead by Dr. Paul Wolf [LVC 
professor of biology], have gone methodically, transect by 
transect, up one side of Governor Dick hill and down through 
the boulders to the stream on the other side. The changes in 
elevation, moisture, and sun exposure on the considerable 
slopes have demonstrated to students that if a tree falls or is 
removed, brambles thrive in the sunny opening, and that oaks 
and hickory become more common closer to the drier top 
while beeches thrive lower down. Nearer the top, the prize is 
a grove of pawpaw trees, their large leaves a reflection of the 
family heritage from more tropical climates. 

Before the leaves emerge in spring, the botany class is out in the woods learning a 
similar lesson by searching for assigned tree species to report on while the class gathers 
round. Red maples bloom in early April, so the pinkish canopies are easy to find. The 
tulip trees are identifiable with little trouble because of their tall straight trunks. Oaks are 
tough because there are several species, but fortunately, leaves of oak are also tough and 
persist on the ground under their parent trees. 

Later, toward the middle of April, the place to be for flowers is in a sunny meadow. 
The best site for that environment is Soldier s Field at Mt. Gretna. Here spring flowers 
literally carpet the grass in drifts of petite, light blue flowers on plants no more than two 
inches high. This is often the first flower that students learn to identify: "petals present, 
four in number, united into a tube at the base, center with a yellow eye." Yes, its Bluets! 
Then, armed with knowledge and confidence (and enjoying the release from microscopes 
and slides indoors), they go on to discover yellow-flowered Potentilla hugging the ground, 
white fuzzy Pussytoes, and purple Sand Violets with their spade-shaped leaves. Wiry 
miniature Draba plants growing in the warmer gravel have already begun to set their 
typical cruciferous fruits. Purple flowered mints bloom in colonies along the sunny moist 
margins of the meadow, and blue Birds-eye creeps in the grass. What better place to be on 
a spring day than in a meadow in our neighboring Mt. Gretna! 

Or. Susan Verhoek is a professor of biology at Lebanon Valley College and 
the director of the LVC Arboretum. 

Fall 2007 29 

class news & notes 

Cherie Lingle VanZant '92 and her 

husband, John, welcomed a daughter, 
Madison Nicole, into their family on Jan. 
25, 2006. 

Douglas M. Zook Sr. '92 was elected to the 
2007 Keystone Technology Integrators for the 
state of Pennsylvania as a physics teacher in the 
Avon Grove High School in Chester County. 
He is currendy enrolled in a doctoral program 
in education from Walden University. 

■ JUNE 13-15. 2008 

Justine Hamilton '93 is an alternative 
educator in the Long Beach Public School 
District, N.Y., teaching English for 
Speakers of Other Languages and General 
Educational Development classes. Her son, 
Jananda, is 5. 

Lynn L. Jones '93 and Christopher 
Barnes were married on May 17, 2003, in 
Watchung, N.J. Sons Tyler and Ryan are 12 
and 2, respectively. 

Theodore A. Jones '93 is a math teacher at 
Franklin High School in Somerset, N.J. Son 
Tyler is 13, and daughter Penelope is 2. 

Lisa Barlet Lasky '93 is a part-time 
program coordinator in the Wilson School 
District in West Lawn. 

Wendy Burkert Neuheimer '93 and 

her husband, Sabin, welcomed a second 
daughter, Ava Michelle, into their family on 
Dec. 19, 2006. Daughter Eden Anna is 2. 

The Rev. Msgr. Thomas H. Smith H'93, 

former Catholic chaplain at LVC from 
1972-1992, has celebrated his 50th 
anniversary of ordination. He is presendy 
the pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church, 

Maj. Jennifer Bower '94 is an assistant 
professor at West Point Military Academy, 


Matthew J. St. Georges '94 is a damage 
evaluator for Allstate Insurance Company, 
Farmington, Conn. 

Elizabeth Aitken Bauer '95 and her 
husband, Peter Frederick Bauer '95, 

welcomed their first child, Sean Frederick, 
into their family on Nov. 2, 2006. 

Tricia L. Galati '95 is a therapeutic support 
staff member at Providence Community 
Services, Inc. in Pottsville. 

Deborah Heidlauf '95 and John Michael 
Moran exchanged wedding vows on June 6, 
2007, in Carrituck Beach, N.C. Deb is an 
administrative assistant to the president/vice 
president at O'Shea Lumber Company in 
Glen Rock. 

Jason C. Say '95, adjunct instructor of 
digital communications at LVC, was a 
co-creator of the Pennsylvania Sportsmen 
Portal, a web site devoted to the state s 
hunting and fishing community. The site,, officially launched 
on Feb. 3, 2007. 

Stephen E. Halasa '96 is a senior 
accounting analyst at United Rentals in 
Burlington, N.J. 

Janelle L. Schirato '96 and Michael 
Greenawalt exchanged wedding vows on 
April 14, 2007, in LVCs Miller Chapel. 

Mark A. Smith '96 is the production 
manager at Deimler and Sons Construction 
in Harrisburg. 

Shane M. Thomas '96 has been named a 
Teacher Mentor by one of his students who 
graduated in June 2007 from Cedar Crest 
High School. He was featured in a special 
edition of The Lebanon Daily News. 

DID YOU KNOW that Lynch 

Memorial Hall was refashioned 
into an all-academic building 
during the Great Expectations 

Jennifer Yohn Tobin '96 was honored by 
being named a Teacher Mentor at Cedar 
Crest High School by one of her June 2007 
graduates. She was featured in a special 
edition of The Lebanon Daily News. 

Brandon Flatley '97 and his wife, Anne 
Webster-Flatley '98, welcomed a son, 
Alexander Joseph, into their family on Oct. 
20, 2006. 

Bethany Mummert Hopman '97 and her 

husband, Michael, welcomed a daughter, 

Adelaide Judith, into their family on May 
14, 2007. 

Everett Calvin Kraatz, son of Shelly Levan 
Kraatz '97 and Darryl Kraatz, celebrated his 
second birthday on July 27, 2007. 

John Michael Lehman '97 received his 
master s degree in business management in 
June 2005 from the University of Phoenix. 
He is the advertising and sales manager 
at Broad Street Community Newspapers, 
King of Prussia. His son, Andrew, will be 
celebrating his second birthday soon. 

Melissa Morgan Lenahan '97 and her 

husband, Gregory, welcomed a daughter, 
Kathleen Emma, into their family on Sept. 
6, 2006. Melissa is a forensic scientist for the 
Pennsylvania State Police in Harrisburg. 

Martha Mains Lobaugh '97 and her 
husband, Michael Lobaugh '99, welcomed 
a son, Marcus Joshua, into their family on 
March 22, 2007. 

Natalie Hope McDonald '97, a freelance 
writer, editor, and photographer based in 
Philadelphia, recendy had an essay on the 
state of AIDS writing in America accepted 
for publication by Harvard University. 

Sally Padilione, Esq., '97 is a partner at 
Cogent Building Diagnostics in Rehoboth 
Beach and Newark, Del. 

Rebecca "Beci" Avers Pope '97 was selected 
as a Teacher Mentor by one of her class of 
2007 English students at Palmyra High 
School. She was featured in a special edition 
of The Lebanon Daily News. 

Brandon Stephen Snyder '97 and Jessica 
Lynn Weaver exchanged wedding vows 
on Nov. 4, 2006, in Harrisburg. Brandon 
is employed with the Social Security 
Administration in Carlisle. 

Tamara Demmy Weaver '97 and her 
husband, Robert, welcomed their second 
daughter, Sarah Yvonne, into their home on 
Dec. 5, 2006. Tammy is a homemaker. 

Dawn Redensky Zatorski '97 is a child 
accounting coordinator in the Lebanon 
School District. 

Nancy Seidel Ziegenfuss '97 and her 
husband, Christopher D. Ziegenfuss '97, 

welcomed a daughter, Jocelyn Alicia, into 
their family on July 1 , 2006. 

30 The Valley 

Dr. Aaron Aponick '98, assistant professor 
of chemistry at the University of Florida, 
recently received a $250,000 research 
grant funded by the Herman Frasch 
Foundation and administered by the 
American Chemical Society. The grant, one 
of only 12 awarded nationally in 2007, will 
support basic research related to agricultural 
applications. Another LVC chemistry 
graduate, Dr. Joan Hevel '88, also received 
one of the 12 grants. 

Dyan Shannon Branstetter '98, M'03 and 

her husband, Matthew, welcomed a son, 
Evan James, into their family on June 28, 

Jocelyn Norton Comtek '98 and her 

husband, Troy, welcomed a son, Matthew 
James, into their family on Jan. 27, 2007. 

Jim Kelly '98 and Laura Graybeal Kelly '99 

are pleased to announce the birth of their son, 
Connor James, born April 26, 2007. 

Jerry Pfarr '98 and his wife, Melissa, 
welcomed a daughter, Julie Noelle, into 
their family on Dec. 11, 2006. 

Stacey Clever Rossi '98 is a school 
counselor in the Central Dauphin School 
District in Harrisburg. Daughter Angelena 
is 4 and son Cael is 2. 

Shannan L. Bennett '99 is a site coordinator 
at Psychotherapeutic Services in Milford, 

Jessica Bostdorf '99, M'06 and Dr. Jeff 
Ritchie exchanged wedding vows on March 
9, 2007, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Jess is the 
director of major gifts at LVC, and Jeff is 
an assistant professor of English and digital 
communications at LVC. 

Katey Castellano '99 is an assistant 
professor of English at James Madison 
University in Harrisonburg, Va. 


FOI 1 SOUt©, the struggle to find an identity, a purpose in life, can go on for 
years and years without success. But Laura Roberts '07 always knew who she was and 
what she wanted to become: an artist. 

"It sounds like a cliche, but its one of those things," says Roberts. "I remember being 
litde, and telling people I wanted to be an artist, and having these big sketchbooks and 
just drawing like crazy. But I think a lot of kids do that. I know that it [becoming an 
artist] has always been in the back of my mind, but I never really had the confidence. I 
had to come here [to Lebanon Valley College] before I realized I really had it.* 

Any lingering doubts Roberts may have been harboring about her artistic pursuits 
should have been put to rest in April when she had her work displayed at a Lancaster 
art gallery as part of a show, Master and Apprentice, which featured the works of various 
college professors and their students. Michael Pittari, an assistant professor of art and art 
history at the College, encouraged Roberts to enter the 

"I was really nervous, because my art is a different kind 
of work, different for people to look at," says Roberts. "So 
I didn't know how anyone was going to respond to it. The 
pressure was definitely on. I was very nervous." 

Instead of focusing on painting or drawing, Roberts 
creates her art with fabrics, assembling them in various 
sizes, shapes, and patterns to produce the desired result. 

"Ive always liked fabrics," says Roberts. "I've always 
been drawn to a pattern, like 'Ooh, that's pretty.' 
In high school, I did sculpture, crafts, painting. I've 
done everything. So for me, this is a culmination. It's 
contemporary art." 

Very well-received contemporary art, in fact. "The 
gallery owners told me they had a lot of response to it. 
There weren't all that many people coming up to me and 
telling me their reactions, but I would watch people and they would be really interested in 
it. For me, that was enough, that people were looking at it." 

Though the life of an artist is not always an easy one — Roberts admits she has tried not 
to be an artist at times over the years — it is ultimately the life that the Lebanon native is 
determined to pursue. She graduated from LVC in May after studying art and art history. 

And because her father, John, and her uncle, Andy, are both musicians and understand 
the ups and downs artists must deal with, Roberts doesn't have to spend any time convincing 
her family that she has chosen a valid career path. 

"This is who I am," says Roberts. "And it's cool that my family's really supportive of it, 
because they're all artists. Nobody's down on me for doing this. If they were I'd be a lot 
less apt to continue." 

Just exactly where her artistic ability will take her remains to be seen. At this writing, 
Roberts is contemplating graduate school. And it seems certain that she will not second 
guess her career choice in the future. 

"There are no rules. There is no guidebook for being an artist or living as an artist," 
Roberts says. "You just have to do it. And that's tough. But it's worth it." 

Editors Note: Roberts' uncle, Andy Roberts, an adjunct instructor in music at LVC, is featured 
in this months cover story on Mt. Gretna. 

Pat Huggins is a freelance writer from Lebanon and a sportswriter for the 
Lebanon Daffy News, 

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class news & notes 

Dana Marie Docherty '99 and John Henry 
Livingston II exchanged wedding vows 
on March 25, 2006, in Lakewood, NJ. 
In attendance were Kerri Gasser Schaaf 
'02, Thomas Schaaf '99, Meghan Toppin 
Beidle '98, Nick Beidle '99, and Anthony 
Kuhns '99. Dana is a systems technician with 
Verizon Communications, East Petersburg. 

Heather Draper '99 and JefFLesoine 
exchanged wedding vows on Nov. 18, 
2006, in LVC s Miller Chapel. Tera Irmen 
Koehler '01 was matron of honor. Melissa 
MowrerTerch '99 served as one of the 
bridesmaids. The Rev. Lorelei Bach '71 
officiated at the ceremony. In attendance 
were Heather Bair KufFa '99, Michele 
Weber Kerper '99, Joe Terch '99, Jean 
Koehler Bright '94, Ray McCarty '99, and 

Gerard J. Karli '99 is a supervisor of order 
processing at Bonded Logistics in Charlotte, 
N.C. He and his wife, Susan, moved to 
Huntersville, N.C, in April 2007. 

Alicia Diaz Rodriguez '99 is a human 
resources generalist at The Pennsylvania State 
University's College of Medicine in Hershey. 

Michael R. Shirk M'99 is the president and 
Chief Executive Officer of Clean Burn, Inc., 
and affiliate Millcreek Manufacturing Co., 
in Upper Leacock Township in Leola. 

Dr. James T. Shissler '99 is a veterinarian with 
Annville-Cleona Veterinarian Associates. 

Eric White '99, his wife, 
Lynn, and their son, Aidan, 
welcomed a boy, Bodie 
(pictured left), into their 
family on July 5, 2006. Eric is 
a consumer communications 
specialist at Redner s Markets, 
Inc., in Reading. 

Amy Witmer Zeiders '99 

received her master's degree in social work in 
May 2007 from West Virginia University. 


Dr. Daniel B. Beatty, M'OO is the director 
of operations/chief operating executive for 
Fresh Direct, LLC, in Long Island City, N.Y. 

Bethany Yapit Boyd '00 and her husband, 
Chad, welcomed a daughter, Mia Isabella, 
into their family on Nov. 15, 2006. 

Jennifer Pellegrino '00 and Mike Stamm '97 (center seated) were married on June 30, 2007, 
in Cheesman Park in Denver, Colo., with a reception following atop the Colorado History 
Museum. LVC alumni in attendance included (back row, I. to r.) Eileen Rossman Plummer 
'97, Alison Davis BiUman '00, Beth Curley Myers '99, Annmarie Volberg '00, Melinda 
Estchman Down '01, Janell Cuddy '98, Jennifer Hand Jayne '97, Kristina Haines '00; 
(row 2, 1, to r.) Steve Jayne '97, Chris Plummer '97, Larry Vallier. 

Bethany is in the rental department of ERA 
American Realty in Shalimar, Fla. 

Stephanie Reed Burkholder '00 and her 

husband, Ken, welcomed a son, Zachary 
Thomas, into their family on May 12, 2007. 

Alisan Davis '00 married Luke Billman 
on Jan. 27, 2007, during a ceremony in 
Lancaster. Annmarie Vollberg '00 was a 

bridesmaid. Alisan is an early intervention 
caseworker at Lancaster County Mental 
Health/Mental Retardation. 

Maria DeLiberato, Esq., '00 is a registry 
attorney with Capital Collateral Regional 
Counsel in Tampa, Fla. She represents 
indigent death-row inmates in their 
collateral appeals. 

Juanita B. Harkins M'OO was named a 
Teacher Mentor at Cedar Crest High School 
by one of her students from the graduating 
class of 2007. She was featured in a special 
edition of The Lebanon Daily News. 

Stephanie A. Harnish '00, '07 and Edward 
J. Hicks exchanged wedding vows on June 
2, 2007, in Richland. 

Nancy S. Kostuk '00 and Brian D. Hutton 
were married on Oct. 8, 2006, in Meriden, 
Conn. Nancy is a music teacher at North 
Haven Middle School in Connecticut. 

Kathryn "Kate" Laepple '00 and Edward 
P. Hertzog exchanged wedding vows on 
March 24, 2007, in Northumberland. In 
attendance were Tara Leo Auchey '99, 
Jody Jacobetz Huber '99, Jessica Kindt 
'01, Wayne Knaub II '98, Amanda Lee 
'99, Elspeth Shumway Williams '00, and 
Kate Wilson '00. Kathryn is the director of 
programs and member services at Delaware 
Valley Grantmakers in Philadelphia. 

Lawrence M. Larthey IV '00 and Nicole 
Ann Theresa exchanged wedding vows on 
Aug. 28, 2006, in Jim Thorpe. Larry is a 
physics teacher in the Pocono Mountain 
School District in Swiftwater. 

Lisa Fasold Orner '00 and her husband, 
Daniel, welcomed a son, Cole Daniel, into 
their family on Oct. 8, 2006. Lisa is a music 
teacher in the Midd-West School District, 

32 The Valley 

Michael Ridler '00 and his wife, Danyale, 
welcomed a son, Griffen Ryan (pictured 
above), into their family on Jan. 20, 2007. 
Michael has completed all the requirements 
of the Society of Actuaries and is a Fellow of 
the Society of Actuaries. 

Suzanne M. Snare '00 and Chris Fisher 
exchanged wedding vows on April 28, 
2007, in Lancaster. LVC graduates in 
attendance were Misty Gloudemans Sohn 
'02, Laura Cooper Joella '00, and Jodi 
Greenfield Yorty '99. 

Braden Snyder '00 was named director of 
sports information at Gettysburg College 
in August. He had held a similar position at 
LVC since 2002. 

Joya C. Tobias '00 and Thomas Morrissey Jr. 
exchanged wedding vows on April 7, 2007, in 
Lebanon. Joya is the property manager for 
Morrissey Holdings, LP, Myerstown. 


In June 2006, Dr. Shawn Bender '01 

received his doctorate in biological 
sciences from Ohio University. Shawn is 
a post-doctoral fellow at the University of 

Shawn A. Berwager '01 was named assistant 
vice president and commercial loan officer 
at Community Banks, Inc., in Harrisburg. 

Stephanie Warner Delp '01 and her 
husband, Gregory S. Delp '01, welcomed a 
daughter, Kylie Brynn, into their family on 
Aug. 11,2006. 

Trent A. Hoi linger '01 and Amy M. 

Moeller exchanged wedding vows on June 
29, 2006, in Grand Rapids, Mich. Bradley 
Moser '01 was best man, Daniel Post 
'99 served as a groomsman, and Brock 
Kerchner '01 was the master of ceremonies. 
Trent accepted a doctoral candidacy for a 
doctor of music arts in wind conducting 
degree from Peabody Conservatory of the 
Johns Hopkins University. 

Find a job you love and you'll never work a day in 
your life. 

Dr. Marianne Boltz '92 (right) may not be the 
originator of that old saying, but she is certainly a 
shining example of how those words can ring true, even 
in a profession as demanding and time-consuming as 
the one she has chosen. 

Currently an assistant professor of ophthalmology at 
the College of Medicine at Penn State Hershey Medical 
Center, Boltz puts in many long days, both as an 
instructor and as a practicing optometrist. She wouldn't 
have it any other way. 

"I'm very blessed to have a career that really does 
give me so much joy and that I'm so interested in and 
passionate about," says Boltz, a Schuylkill County 
native who specializes in pediatric optometry and low 
vision care. "Not a day goes by that I regret going into 
optometry. It's great." 

Apparently, her peers are glad she did, too. In 
May, Boltz was named the Pennsylvania Optometrist of the Year by the Pennsylvania 
Optometric Association (POA). The award recognizes an optometrist whose service 
to the community, the profession of optometry, and the visual welfare of the public is 

Boltz, a 1 996 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, became a 
nominee for the award in March after being selected as the Central Pennsylvania 
Optometrist of the Year by the local POA chapter. But as one of over 20 local winners 
statewide who were eligible for the honor, Boltz was not expecting the surprise that 
awaited her a few months later. 

"It was quite a shock," recalls a smiling Boltz. "It was a Friday afternoon and I was 
heading out the door and I saw a letter in my mailbox, and I thought 'Oh, it's just junk 
mail.' I opened it up and almost passed out. It was quite an honor. I think it's one of 
the highest honors, to be recognized like that by your peers. I'm still in shock about it. 
It makes all the long days and late-night meetings very worthwhile." 

Originally an elementary education major when she arrived at Lebanon Valley 
College, Boltz later switched to biology, a move that set her on the path to professional 
happiness. She changed her major due to a combination of factors: her interest in 
science, her parents' backgrounds in the medical profession, and a conversation 
with her family eye doctor after her first year at the Valley. 

"I think the best advice I could give [to students unsure of what major to 
pursue] would be to hang in there," says Boltz, who also credits the Lebanon Valley 
Biology Department with further sparking her interest in the medical profession. "We 
all find our path a certain way. I think that one of the best things to do is get out there, 
and if you have an interest in a certain profession, go spend a day with someone in 
that profession and talk with them. Getting that first-hand experience really makes a 
difference. For me, knowing my optometrist very well was very influential in helping 
me to decide what to do." 

Pat Huggins is a freelance writer from Lebanon and a sportswriter for the 
Lebanon Daily News. 

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class news & notes 

Amy S. Kartzman '01 and Joseph John 
Rein IV exchanged wedding vows on March 
24, 2007, in Powhatan, Va. Amy Patricelli 
Rehmeyer '01, Jennifer Kenny '01, and 
Bethany Lausch Barger '01 were in the 
wedding party. Amy is the daughter of Mary 
Didden Kartzman '74. 

Cheryl D. Lukeski '01 is a marketing 
coordinator at Miles Technologies in 
Moorestown, N.J. 

Matthew R. Ralph '01 is an education 
reporter for The New Albany Tribune and The 
Jeffersonville Evening News, covering grades 
K-12 and higher education in southern 
Indiana. He is based out of New Albany, Ind. 

Amy Patricelli Rehmeyer '01 is the 

principal at Hillside Elementary School 
in the West Shore School District, New 


Kendra L. Atkinson '02 and Christopher 
J. Hoffman exchanged wedding vows 
on June 23, 2007, in St. Thomas, U.S. 
Virgin Islands* Natalie Taylor Kratzer 
'02, Amy Zellers Shrader '00, and Jenah 
MacDonald '02 were in the bridal party. 
LVC alumni in attendance included 
Kendras mother, Barbara Macaw Atkinson 
'67, Judy Heiser Taylor '75, Greg Kratzer 
'00, Eric Shrader '01, and Mat Edgcomb 
'02. A marriage blessing and vow renewal, 
performed by The Rev. Christopher 
Rankin '01, was held Aug. 4, 2007, at 
Newton Lake, Greenfield Township. Jay 
Stanton '66, Beth Seidenstricker '01, Jen 
Wood '01, Becca Drayer Weaver '01, Jason 
Weaver '02, Jen Stover '02, Eileen Golias 
Bowlby '02, Trisha Fatula Zellers '02, 
Brian Zellers '02, Jen Smolenski Slicks 
'02, Darryl Slicks '02, Mandy Stevenson 
'03, and Kim McDonald '04 were in 
attendance. Kendra teaches literature and 
journalism at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High 
School in Plymouth Meeting. She is also the 
newspaper advisor and the sprint coach for 
the varsity track and field team. 

Andrea Lynne Cannon '02 is a student at 
the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in 
biotechnology. She will receive her master s 
degree in December 2008. 

Jared M. Daubert '02 was named a Teacher 
Mentor by one of his 2007 band students at 
Lebanon High School. He was featured in a 
special edition of The Lebanon Daily News. 

Andrew C. Heizmann '02 is the owner of 
Andrews Handyman Service, specializing 
in home maintenance and remodeling. His 
company serves Bucks and Montgomery 

Natalie Taylor Kratzer '02 is a consultant 
in field transitions with Thrivent Financial 
for Lutherans in Camp Hill. 

Erica Gosart Moser '02 and her husband, 
Drew, welcomed a daughter, Kaidyn Ryan 
Hazel, into their family on Feb. 16, 2007. 
Erica is a learning support teacher in the 
Antietam School District, Reading. 

gifts also went toward 
new enhancements for the 
academic program? New 
funds were provided for 
an annual chamber music 
residency, science student 
research, a new resource 
center for education majors, 
a library and student book 
fund, and new technology in 
many classrooms. 

Dr. Tara Neely '02 is an assistant professor 
of psychology at Indiana University of 

Joey Rider '02 met President George W. 
Bush when she was recognized as one of 93 
educators to earn a 2006 Presidential Award 
for Excellence in Mathematics and Science 
Teaching. Joey is the only educator from 
Pennsylvania to receive the award, which 
is the nations highest honor for math and 
science teaching. 

Stu Seiden '02 recendy changed departments 
at his law firm Parker McCay in New Jesrsey. 
He transferred from the firms real estate 
and land use group to the financial services 
department. There, his practice will focus on 
representing the rights of creditors in federal 
bankruptcy proceedings, along with a focus 
on representing the interests of residential 
and commercial lenders in state court 
foreclosure matters and associated bankruptcy 


Blythe L. Bathurst '03 and Sean F. 
McStravick '03 exchanged wedding vows 
on Nov. 11, 2006, in Woodbury, N.J. 
Amanda Kelly Smith '03 and Chris Molite 

'03 were in the wedding party. Blythe 
teaches second grade in the Prince William 
County Schools in Gainesville, Va. 

Nicole L. DeStefano '03 and Curtis 
Hensman exchanged wedding vows on 
March 24, 2007, in Jeffersonville. Melissa 
Barrella '03 attended the wedding. 

Tracie J. Dissinger '03 is the branch loan 
and operations manager for Fulton Bank's 
Old Hickory Branch in Manheim. 

Charles Kyle Ermer '03 received his 
master s degree in resource and applied 
economics in May 2007 from the University 
of Alaska-Fairbanks. He is an economist at 
Information Insights, Inc., in Fairbanks. 

Lindsey Elizabeth Forry '03 and Richard 
Arthur Miller Jr. '06 exchanged wedding 
vows on Oct. 14, 2006, in Lancaster. Included 
in the wedding party were Natalie R. Dize 
'03, Cherie Forry Houck '99, Matthew S. 
Houck '99, and Carl R. Banner II '07. 
Robert Kerchner '06 was the trumpet soloist. 
Lindsey and Richard are both employed by 
Nova School, a private language-based school, 
and are teaching English in Japan. 

Kristie Beth Ritter Grier '03 and her 

husband, Andrew, welcomed a son, Benjamin 
Andrew, into their family on Jan. 16, 2007. 
Older sister Samantha is 2. 

Sarah Henrie '03 received her masters 
degree in administration of justice in 
December 2004 from Shippensburg 

Mark G. Malay '03 was recently promoted 
to commercial relationship manager at 
Susquehanna Bank. 

Sarah Durako Onufer '03 and her 

husband, David, welcomed a daughter, 

34 The Valley 

Grace Abigail, into their family on Jan. 25, 
2007. Sarah is a program assistant in the 
Physician Assistant Program at Marywood 
University, Scranton. 

Christopher D. Ransom '03 is an audio 
engineer with Juniper Street Productions. 
He is on tour with Thomas and Friends LIVE! 

Kimberly Richardson Runkle '03 is the 

pharmacy team leader at Target in York. 

Jolene L. Schneck '03 received her 
elementary certification in December 2006 
and is a substitute teacher. She continues 
to work in the behavioral health field as a 
therapeutic staff support worker. 

Anne L. Small '03 and Joey M. Parmer 
exchanged wedding vows on Jan. 6, 2007, 
in Lancaster. Kathyrn Guenther '05 and 
Erica Gibson '04 provided music for the 


Kristen T. Barone '04 is a music teacher for 
kindergarten through fifth grade in the Oley 
Valley School District. 

John C. Brewster '04 is the director of 
music at the Lutheran Church of the Holy 
Trinity in Leesport. 

Jennifer E. Buckley '04 is a special 
education teacher at Arthur Middleton 
Elementary School in the Charles County 
Public Schools, Waldorf, Md. 

Marsha Curry '04 and Robert L. Banks 
Jr. exchanged wedding vows on April 28, 
2007, in Camp Hill. Marsha's eight children 
served as her bridal party. She teaches high 
school students at Wordsworth Academy. 
Marsha is pursing her master s degree in 
social work at Temple University. 

a $18+ million revitaffzation 
through the Great Expectations 
Campaign? The revitalization 
included space for the College's 
first nanotechnology laboratory. 

Howie Landa. Rinso Marquette. Lou Sorrentino. Bill Vought. 
Herb Finkelstein. Richie Furda. Leon Miller. Don Grider. 

to the NCAA Sweet Si 

Today, those names do not immediately leap to minds of the 
younger generation when the Valleys storied basketball history is 
broached. In recent years, names like Mike Rhoades '95, Andy Panko 
'99, and J.D. Byers '05 have been more closely identified with LVC 
basketball greatness. But it was that first group of men — all members 
of the 1952-53 men's basketball team and their teammates — who 
produced what is arguably the most memorable moments in the 
College s athletic history. 

Dubbed the "Seven Dwarfs," this scrappy band of undersized 
underdogs had a magical NCAA Tournament ride that left an indelible 
impression on a high school student from Columbia, Lancaster 
County, by the name of Art Ford. 

Today, Dr. Arthur Ford '59 is a professor emeritus of English after Arthur L Ford 

serving Lebanon Valley for 36 years prior to retiring in 2001. He is 
also the author of Cinderella and the Seven Dwarfs, an entertaining 
story of the 1952-53 Cinderella team and its amazing run. The 108-page paperback 
includes LVCs shocking upset of national basketball power Fordham and their trip to the 
Sweet 16, where future NBA Hall of Famer Bob Pettit and LSU were waiting. 

The team that captivated Ford in his youth also put tiny LVC — then with just over 400 
students — on the map. 

"I was a sophomore at Columbia High School, and my dad was a big sports fan, as I 
was, too," says Ford. "Dad said, 'This is an amazing team, I never saw anything like it/ And 
it was an amazing team. We came up to see them play a couple times and it just stayed in 
my mind all those years/' 

About 10 years ago, Ford decided to revisit that experience and produce an oral history 
of the team and its accomplishments. He interviewed the nine living members, as well as 
head coach Dr. George "Rinso" Marquette '48, whose first year at the helm coincided 
with that remarkable season. But as he began chatting with the members of the team and 
heard them speak so fondly of their glorious past, Ford's project turned into something 
more substantial. Ultimately it became Cinderella and the Seven Dwarfs. 

"As I started interviewing these guys, I was fascinated by the stories they told," says 
Ford, "and by their almost total recall of that season, even to individual shots they took. I 
had such a great time talking to them that I decided to write something about it." 

But the story of the 1952-53 Flying Dutchmen comes alive with more than words, 
thanks to an 8mm film of the historic Fordham game which Ford believes was probably 
taken by Dr. Clark Carmean H'85, who was LVCs longtime dean of admission. The film 
was later copied to videotape and subsequendy was converted to a DVD format. Each copy 
of Ford's book will include the DVD. "One of the players, Bill Vought, had a copy of it 
[the DVD] and loaned it to me," Ford says. "And I watched it, and it was one of the most 
amazing things I've ever seen. You could see the look of it, the feel of the game and the 
way the game was played in the early 1950s. It was just a totally different game, and I was 
absolutely fascinated by it." Another bonus for readers is an appendix of box scores from 
that season, compiled by LVC Athletic Department employee Harry Speece. [See his story 
on page 27.] 

The nine 1952-53 team members were pleased that Ford was so interested in telling 
their story. It was their appreciation and his own memories that made the project one of 
the most enjoyable of Ford's life. Given his long career as an English professor, the book is 
not Ford's first literary work. But it is probably his favorite. "This is the first one I did for 
the sheer enjoyment of it, just because I wanted to do it," said Ford. "I was retired; it didn't 
matter what I did. Nobody had to say yes or no/" 

The book was released in November at LVCs annual Rinso Marquette Tournament, 
and is available for purchase through LVCs Bookstore ( Now, the 
readers of Cinderella and the Seven Dwarfs can share Ford's enjoyment. 

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class news & notes 

Nathan Heim '04 is a fifth-grade teacher in 
the Shikellamy School District in Sunbury. 

Cassandra Lee Hoadley '04 and Douglas 
James Hutton exchanged wedding vows 
on June 16, 2007, in Alexandria, Va. Lisa 
Landis '04 served as maid of honor. Other 
LVC alumni in attendance were Robert 
Schaefer '04, Geoffrey Manderewicz '03, 
and Jaclyn Bailey Manderewicz '03. 
Cassandra is an executive recruiter at Capital 
Search Group, LLC, in Vienna, Va. 

Julia Christine Howell '04 is the director 
of music at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in 
Iowa City, Iowa. 

Jamie L. Moyer '04 and Jason R. Brandle 

'03 exchanged wedding vows on June 2, 
2007, in LVC s Miller Chapel. 

Constance O'Brien '04 and Jeffrey Grieger 

'04 exchanged wedding vows on May 27, 
2007. Connie is a personnel coordinator 
with Allied Personnel Services in Bethlehem. 
Jeff is an account executive for Wilson 
Products in Easton. 

Peter Progin '04 is a supervisor, engineering 
III, in facility maintenance at Bayer 
HealthCare, Myerstown. 

Michael Rock '04 is a therapeutic staff 
support worker at T. W. Ponessa and 
Associates in Lancaster. 

Ellen M. Schin '04 is teaching fifth grade 
in the West Shore School District in New 

Jennifer L. Selin, Esq., '04 received her 
juris doctorate degree in May 2007 from the 
Wake Forest School of Law. 

Wendy J. Sherman '04 and Kevin Dugan 
exchanged wedding vows on Sept. 16, 2006, 
in Annville. Wendy is the assistant audit 
manager at RLD Associates, Lebanon. 

Ronda L. Sowers '04 was named as a 
Teacher Mentor by one of her 2007 
graduating students as both a science teacher 
and field hockey coach in the Northern 
Lebanon School District. She was featured 
in a special edition of The Lebanon Daily 

Katie Staley '04 and Daniel Gephart 
exchanged wedding vows on June 24, 2006, 
in Harrisburg. Katie is a sixth-grade teacher 
at Cedar Crest Middle School, Lebanon. 

Several of the legacies of the Class of 2007 and their families gathered on the steps of Miller Chapel 

prior to Commencement this past May. Pictured here are: 

Front row, (L to r.): Bailey Claeys '07, Rebecca Rentzel y 07> Ashley Visneski '07> Jet Visneski 

Second row: Roe Sechrist Kaufman '42, Cathy Rentzel, The Rev. Bradley E. Rentzel '67, 

Dr. Paul Visneski '75, Brendan Fullam '07, Deborah Reimer Fullam '81 

Third row: Julie Kauffinan Claeys '81, Ellen Roe Kauffman Zeigler '67, Kelly Kauffman '07, 

GretchenArtz '07, Mark Omdorf '07, Carol Omdorf, Craig Brown '07, Walter Fullam '80 

Fourth row: Bill Kauffinan '74, Brian Claeys '81, Linda Artz, Scott Artz '83, Dr. Thomas 

Omdorf '81, Bill Brown Jr. '79, Donna Bacon '79 

Annalouise Venturella '04 assumed the 
role of intern coordinator for Democracy 
for America in South Burlington, Vt., in 
addition to her duties as compliance officer. 

Mary Ellen Whitner '04 received her 
master s degree in educational psychology 
in December 2006 from Indiana University 
of Pennsylvania. She will be working in the 
Littlestown Area School District during 
the 2007-2008 school year as a school 
psychology intern. 


Marlene J. Brechet '05 is the human 
resources manager and petroleum sales 
supervisor at Jembas Assistencia Tecnica, 
LDA, in Luanda, Angola. 

Kimberly A. Citrone '05 and Ryan 
Christopher Duff exchanged wedding vows 
on Nov. 19, 2005, in Fort Washington. 
Amber Nolan '05 was in the wedding 
party. LVC alumni in attendance were: 
Leah Bergey '05, Nick Buckwalter '05, 
Shannon Gamble '05, Jordan Newell 
'05, Jess Sweitzer '03, Alissa Byerley '05, 
Rick Hadley '06, Dan Smith '07, Andrew 
Moser '05, Carol Russo '05, Ashley 
Kreider '05, Joliene Blain '06, Laura 
Evelhoch '08, and Lois Shupp '08. 

Kathleen C. Clark '05 is an academic 
department coordinator at Franklin & 
Marshall College, and is a member of the 
school board for the Eastern York School 

Heather E. Dodds '05 (front, second from 
left) and Andrew "Drew" S. Jenkins '05 
(back, fifth from left) were married in LVC s 
Miller Chapel on July 1 , 2006. LVC alumni 
in attendance were: Chris Jessen '05, Staci 
Storti '05, Joanna Tiedeken '05, Erica 
Hansen '05, Jes Hougentogler '06, Jen 
Marcinkevich '05, Scott Payonk '05, Scott 
Broody '05, Billy Silar '05, Dan Melius 
'05, Gregg Musser '06, Drew Schlegel '05, 
and Adam Demchak '04. 

Tim Flynn 

'05 (left) was 
named director 
of sports 
information at 
LVC in August. 
He assumes 
for all 21 of 
the College s 
NCAA athletic 
programs. He returns to the Valley after a 
two-year stint in athletic communications at 
the University of Pennyslvania. 

36 The Valley 

Ashley M. Jefferson '05 received her master s 
degree in library science in December 2006 
from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. 

Ashley D. Kreider '05 received her masters 
degree in journalism/mass communication 
in August 2007 from Point Park University, 
Pittsburgh. She will receive her teaching 
certificate in communications in December 

Liza A. McLucas '05 is an elementary 
school counselor at South Hanover 
Elementary School in the Lower Dauphin 
School District in Hummelstown. She 
received her master s degree in education in 
May 2007 from Millersville University. 

Jordan E. Miller '05 earned his master s 
degree in religious studies, philosophy of 
religion, in May 2007 from Boston University. 
He is a gardener at Laura McGrath Design in 
Sudbury, Mass. Jordan, Dave McLaughlin 
'06, Jason Bachman '05, Scott Weber- 
Broody '05, Brendan McGeehan '07, and 
Andrew Gena '05, comprise a band called 
Wasting Revolution. They recorded their new 
CD in July in Danville. 

Amber R. Nolan '05 received her teaching 
certificate in elementary education in 
May 2007 from California University of 
Pennsylvania. She is a fifth-grade teacher at 
J. Glenn Edwards Elementary School in the 
Lee County Schools, Sanford, N.C. 

Jennifer L. Walter '05 is the band director 
at Green Hills School in the Green 
Township School District, Greendell, NJ. 


Courtney D. Abbott '06 and Adam 
Bonenberger exchanged wedding vows on 
July 7, 2007, in LVC s Miller Chapel. 

Alisa E Albers '06 is a project engineer at 
Lockheed Martin in Virginia. 

Jeffrey S. Albright '06 is teaching first 
grade at Southeast Elementary School in the 
Lebanon School District. 

Kelly A. Beaver '06 is a kindergarten teacher 
in the Gettysburg Area School District. 

Kimberfy R. Beebe '06 is a child care counselor 
at Catholic Charities in Wilmington, Del. 

Brendan Cawley '06 is an actuarial associate 
at ING in West Chester. 

Kathy Davis '06 and Jeffrey Allan Cain '06 

exchanged wedding vows on Nov. 11, 2006, 
in West Chester. The wedding party included 
Katie Markey '07, Nikki Vfynn '07, Ashley 
Visneski '07, Dave Mclaughlin '06, and 
Darnell Epps '08. Jeff is a recording engineer 
and Kathy is a psychology and sociology 
teacher at Ravenwood High School in 
Brentwood, Tenn. 

Terrie E. Faust '06 is a special education 
teacher in the Blue Mountain School 
District in Orwigsburg. 

Samantha Dorman Groy '06 and her 

husband, James, welcomed a daughter, 
Grace Abigail, into their family on June 20, 

Rachel R. Hadrick '06 is the coordinator 
of multicultural programs and residential 
communities at Elizabethtown College. 

Matthew R Hooper '06 is the director of 
bands at the John Dickinson High School in 
the Red Clay Consolidated School District, 
Wilmington, Del. 

Vanessa J. Jones '06 is a Broadway 
marketing assistant at the Kimmel Center, 
Inc., in Philadelphia. 

Steven M. Kratz '06 is the deputy executive 
director for the Montgomery County 
Republican Committee in Blue Bell. 

Amanda Marie Marsteller '06 is an audio 
engineer at Creative Sound Studios in Orefield. 

Lauren C. Nickey '06 and Mark Dion 
Engle '05 exchanged wedding vows on May 
11, 2007, in Carlisle. Lauren is a research 
assistant at Penn State University, Capital 
Area Health and Human Development 
Institute. She is currently a student at 
Penn State, working on her master s degree 
in training and development. Mark is an 
executive recruiter with The Carlisle Group 
in Scranton. 

Amanda Olving '06 is a therapeutic staff 
support member with Youth Advocate 
Programs in Shohola. 

Michael J. Renoll '06, a biology teacher 
at South Western High School in Hanover, 
was the keynote speaker at the 2007 Best 
and Brightest Ceremony on May 6, 2007. 

The annual ceremony honors the best and 
brightest students in the Hanover area. 

Andrew David Schlegel '06 is an assistant 
audio engineer with George Blood Audio, 
L.P., in Philadelphia. 

Amanda J. Soliday '06 is an emotional 
support teacher at Lebanon High School. 

Christine L. Stachelczyk '06 is teaching 
fifth grade at the Greenview Knolls 
Elementary School in Great Mills, Md. 

Lauren A. Strafford '06 is a substitute 
teacher in the New York City Public 
Schools, as well as a French teacher for ABC 
Language Exchange in New York. 

Melika K. Troxell '06 is a Spanish teacher 
at the St. Michael the Archangel Middle 
School in Bethlehem. 

Jamie Wenrich '06 is a student at West 
Virginia University, working on her 
master s degree in integrated marketing 


Edward O. Stuber '07 is a program 
specialist/behavior modification specialist at 
Keystone Human Services in Harrisburg. 

Faculty & Staff News 

Dr. Timothy J. Peelen, assistant professor 
of chemistry at LVC, and his wife, Dora 
Peelen, an adjunct instructor at LVC, 
welcomed a daughter, Anna Rose, into their 
family on May 2, 2007. Son Daniel is a 
proud older brother. 

Dr. Jeff Ritchie and Jessica Bostdorf '99, 
M'06 exchanged wedding vows on March 
9, 2007, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Jess is the 
director of major gifts at LVC, and Jeff is 
an assistant professor of English and digital 
communications at LVC. 

Scott Schweigert, his wife, Amy, and son, 
Benjamin, welcomed, Harrison Hubler, 
into their family on May 18, 2007. Scott 
is the director of the Suzanne H. Arnold 
Art Gallery and an assistant professor of art 
history at LVC. 

Fall 2007 37 


Friend of the College 

Denise Lanese died May 19, 2007, in 
Lebanon at the age of 94. She was born in 
Paris, France. Lanese enjoyed playing the 
piano and was a sculptress of weathered 
wood. She and her late husband, Thomas A. 
Lanese, LVC associate professor emeritus of 
strings, conducting, and theory, set up the 
Germaine Benedictus Monteux Scholarship 
Fund at LVC. Among others, she is survived 
by her son John D. Lanese '61. 


Kathryn Nisley Herr '25 

Kathryn Nisley Herr '25 died June 27, 
2007, in Elizabethtown at the age of 103. 
She was employed for 16 years as a teacher/ 
librarian at Elizabethtown High School, 
where she also directed senior class plays. 
Herr taught French at Elizabethtown College 
for 26 years, and on her retirement in 1969, 
was named assistant professor emerita of 
French. She was a member of the College 
Auxiliary and Friends of the High Library, 
and, in June 2001, was made an honorary 
member of the Elizabethtown College 
Class of 1949. Also in June 2001, Herr 
was recognized by Elizabethtown Borough 
Council for her many years of community 
service and was made an honorary member of 
the Elizabethtown High School Class of 1931 
at their 70th reunion. She was a member 
of St. Pauls United Methodist Church, 
Elizabethtown, for over 57 years. Herr was a 
member and past matron of the Order of the 
Eastern Star, Chapter 407, Elizabethtown; 
member and past president of the Elizabeth 
Hughes Society; charter member of the 
Elizabethtown Public Library Board; member 

and past president of the former Rotary 
Ann Club; member of the Elizabethtown 
Historical Society; Elizabethtown Flower 
Club; and the Beta Theta Chapter, Delta 
Kappa Gamma Society International. In 
1987, she was named Woman of the Year by 
the Business and Professional Women's Club 
of Elizabethtown. 


Ethel May Hower Darkes '31 died May 
29, 2007, in Palmyra at the age of 95. She 
taught in Drumore Township, Lancaster 
County, from 1931 to 1932; Lebanon Senior 
High School from 1939 to 1964; and in 
the South Eastern School District, York 
County, from 1964 until her retirement in 
1976. Darkes taught English, power sewing, 
math, and health. She finished her career 
as a guidance counselor. She was a member 
of the Annville United Methodist Church, 
and was licensed as a minister by the former 
United Brethren in Christ Church. Darkes 
was a member and former office holder in 
the Woman's Christian Temperance Union 
on local, state, and national levels. She was 
a founding member and past president 
of Nu Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma; a 
member and past president of Lebanon Valley 
Branch, American Association of University 
Women; a member and office holder of the 
Pennsylvania School Employees Retirement 
System; and a member of Pennsylvania 
Association of School Retirees. In addition, 
she was a member of the Lebanon Woman's 
Club; a member and former local office 
holder in both the Lebanon Christian 
Business Women and AARP; and a former 
member of the Bunker Hill Grange. Among 
others, she is survived by a daughter, Annetta 
Darkes Wells '61. 

Margaret H. Young Schrope '31 died April 
11, 2007, in Whitehall at the age of 96. She 
was a member of Boulevard E.C. Church, 
Allentown, where she was a choir member 
for over 50 years, as well as a choir director. 
She was also a Sunday School teacher and 
member of the Dorcas Society at the church. 
Schrope sang with the Zion Hill Choral 
Society. She was predeceased by her husband, 
Leonard M. Schrope '33. 

Harry Gingrich Gruber '36 died March 
13, 2007, in Palmyra at the age of 92. He 
worked at the Paper Box Company, the 
Lebanon Steel Foundry, and the Quaker 
State Metals Company in Lancaster (later 
known as ALCOA). Gruber served with the 

Civil Air Patrol during World War II and 
was a member of the Lawn Fire Company, 
Lebanon County Republican Committee, 
and Hershey AARP. He was a member of the 
Lawn Evangelical Congregational Church 
and a member of the Abraham C. Treichler 
Lodge No. 682 Free & Accepted Masons, 
Harrisburg Consistory, and Zembo Shrine 
in Harrisburg. Gruber is survived, among 
others, by a son-in-law, H. Lee Moyer '62, 
and a sister, Jane Gruber Seiverling '43. He 
was preceded in death by a sister, Christine 
Gruber Kreider '34. 

Elizabeth Bingaman Zarger Lastinger '37 

died March 9, 2007, in Florida at the age of 
89. She retired after 21 years as a teacher in 
Pinellas County. Lastinger was active in the 
Salvation Army and the Home League. 

Hazel Hemingway Muth '38 died Feb. 10, 
2007, in Illinois at the age of 89. She taught 
school a total of 17 years, having taken time 
off to be a full-time mother. Muth attended 
her 55th class reunion at LVC in 1993. 

The Rev. Dr. Thomas W. Guinivan 39, H'66 

The Rev. Dr. Thomas W. Guinivan '39, 
H'66 died June 8, 2007, in Harrisburg at 
the age of 89. A retired United Methodist 
clergyman, he was a longtime member of 
the LVC Board of Trustees. Guinivan was 
a World War II Navy chaplain; attended 
Shiremanstown United Methodist Church; 
and was a member of the Hershey, York, 
and Colonial Park Rotary clubs. He began 
his pastoral career with the Hummelstown 
Circuit of United Brethren in Christ 
Churches and later served the Rockville 
United Brethren in Christ Church and 
the Hershey Evangelical United Brethren 

38 The Valley 

Church. He served as district superintendent 
of the York District of the Central 
Pennsylvania Conference of the United 
Methodist Church, then served as pastor 
of the Colonial Park United Methodist 
Church until his retirement, when he 
became the visitation pastor at the Penbrook 
United Methodist Church and later the 
Shiremanstown United Methodist Church. 

Leander Ha mm '39 died March 20, 2007, 
in Mechanicsburg at the age of 91. He 
was a certified public accountant and a life 
member of the Fourth United Church of 
Christ. Hamm served in World War II in 
the U.S. Army Air Corps. He contracted 
polio in his early 30s and was one of the first 
persons from the area to be sent to Warm 
Springs, Ga., for rehabilitation. Determined 
to walk again, Hamm made a complete 
recovery and went on to live a productive 
life. He worked for over 30 years in the U.S. 
government, first in the post office, and later 
retired from the U.S. Defense Department 
in Washington, D.C. 


Jesse S. Lenker '40 died May 10, 2007, in 
Hershey. He retired as secretary/treasurer 
of Lenkerbrook Farms, Inc., in Harrisburg. 
Lenker served on the West Hanover 
Township Board of Supervisors for 33 
years, on numerous committees and boards, 
and also served on a number of Dauphin 
County boards. He was a member of the 
Colonial Park United Church of Christ; 
the West Hanover Township Lions Club; 
the West Hanover Township and Deny 
Township historical societies; Harrisburg 
Lodge #629 Free & Accepted Masons; the 
Harrisburg Consistory, Zembo Temple 
Shrine; the Hershey Shrine Club; and was 
a charter member of the West Hanover 
Township Fire Company. Lenker was also 
a volunteer at the Hershey Medical Center. 
Among others, he is survived by twin 
brother David R Lenker '40. 

Jean P. Anger '42 died June 30, 2007, in 
Hunker, at the age of 87. She was a retired 
educator, having taught in the Connellsville 
School District. She was a member of 
Trinity United Methodist Church, Scottdale. 

Dr. Gene U. Cohen '46 died June 30, 
2007, in Harrisburg at the age of 84. He 
was also a graduate of the Johns Hopkins 
School of Medicine. During World War 

II, he was a cannoneer in the field artillery 
during the Battle of the Bulge. He spent 
several years in the Panama Canal Zone 
working in the pulmonary service. On 
returning to the U.S., Cohen operated a 
private practice in internal medicine in 
Silver Spring, Md., for 17 years. He then 
spent 10 years as chief of medicine at 
the Martinsburg, W.Va., Veterans Affairs 
Hospital. After retiring, he was honored 
with the Veterans Administration 1990 
Hands and Hearts Award, and spent several 
years volunteering at the Chambersburg 
Hospital. He was a member of Temple Beth 
Shalom in Mechanicsburg and a former 
member of Sons of Israel Congregation in 

Robert R Beck, fisq., '48 died April 22, 
2007, in York at the age of 83. Beck worked 
for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 
serving in the Governor s Office of 
Administration handling major grievances. 
After his retirement, he worked privately as 
an arbitrator. Among others, he is survived 
by his wife, Mildred NeffBeck '48, and a 
son, Stephen Walter Beck 78. 

Dr. Robert R Early Sr. '48 

Dr. Robert R Rarly Sr. '48 died May 29, 
2007, in East Petersburg at the age of 81. 
He was one of LVC's first campus doctors 
and covered numerous athletic events 
on campus. His college education was 
interrupted in 1944 when he was drafted. 
He served in the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps 
during World War II. After being discharged 
in 1 946, Early returned to LVC to earn a 
chemistry degree. He was a member of the 
Lititz Church of the Brethren; a member 
and past president of the Lebanon County 
Medical Society; and a member of the 
Pennsylvania Medical Society, the American 
Medical Society, and the Christian Medical 
Society. Early was a charter member of 
the Founders of the Thomas Jefferson 

University of the Jefferson Medical College 
in Philadelphia. He was active with the 
Salvation Army. Among others, he is 
survived by daughters Beth Elayne Early 
Brandt '76 and Marjorie Ann "Meg" Early 
Arnold '90, and grandson MarkT. Brandt 
'08. His daughter, Beth, contributed this as part 
of a short history she turote of her fathers life. 

Dr. David P. Sheetz '48 died April 13, 
2007, in Traverse City, Mich., at the age of 
80. He joined the Dow Chemical Company 
in 1952 as a research chemist in the Edgar 
C. Britton Research Laboratory and went 
on to register 27 U.S. patents for his work. 
Sheetz later became group leader of the 
laboratory in 1959 and director in 1966. 
His areas of research include colloid and 
surface chemistry. In 1980, Sheetz became 
a vice president of Dow and corporate 
director of research and development. He 
was elected a senior vice president in 1986 
and assumed new duties as the company's 
chief scientist. Sheetz served on the board of 
directors of the Dow Chemical Company 
from 1981-1990. Although he retired in 
1990, he continued to serve as a consultant 
for the company for several years. 

Frederick S. Tice '48 died May 19, 2007, 
in Lebanon at the age of 86. He served in 
the U.S. Army during World War II and was 
active with the Pennsylvania National Guard 
for many years. In 1 980, he retired from the 
Bureau of Economic Development of the 
Pennsylvania Department of Commerce. 

John Adams '49 died June 9, 2007, in Ohio 
at the age of 8 1 . He was a distinguished 
music teacher, having been band director for 
various high schools throughout his career, 
and was a trombonist and businessman. 
Adams was the co-founder and director of 
the Stark County Fair Band, which he led 
for over 25 years. He was a lifetime member 
of the Akron and Canton Federation of 
Musicians. Adams served in the U.S. Army 
during World War II. 

James L. Barto '49 died March 17, 2007, in 
Indianapolis, Ind., at the age of 83. He was 
a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World 
War II, and a member of the American 
Legion Perry Highway Post No. 161, as 
well as the Knights of Columbus Council 
of Our Lady of Olives No. 3907, Wexford. 
Barto was also a member of the Veterans of 
Foreign Wars Post No 2754 of West View. 
Among others, he is survived by his wife, 
Betty Camp Barto '50. 

Fall 2007 39 

Albert P. Dijohnson '49 died April 1 1, 
2007, in East Stroudsburg at the age of 
83. He was a professor of education at 
East Stroudsburg University, retiring in 
1991. Dijohnson was a veteran of World 
War II, having served in the U.S. Army. 
He was a member of the Pennsylvania 
State Employees Union, the American 
Federation of Teachers, and the Italian 
Club of Stroudsburg. He was also a former 
member of the Kiwanis Club. Dijohnson 
was preceded in death by a brother, Henry 
Dijohnson '50. 


Mark Clarke '50 died Feb.13, 2007, in 
Baltimore, Md., at the age of 82. In 1965, 
he became vice president for American 
Bank Stationery. Clarke also served in 
senior positions at E.E Goetz Co., Becton, 
Dickinson and Co., and Provident Hospital 
before retiring in 1981. He was a tutor 
for HARBEL Community Organization, 
and worked for the Baltimore Symphony 
Orchestra on a freelance basis. Clark served 
in the 4th Infantry Division, 89th Regiment 
in Europe from August 1944 through the 
spring of 1945. A recipient of the Purple 
Heart, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. 

Dr. Samuel H. Black '52 died March 30, 
2007, in College Station, Texas, at the age 
of 76. Black served two years in the U.S. 
Army Medical Corps, and in 1961 received 
his doctorate in microbiology from the 
University of Michigan. He had been a 
faculty member of Texas A&M College 
of Medicine since 1975, and served as 
professor emeritus of medical microbiology 
and immunology and humanities in 
medicine. While at Texas A&M University, 
he served as professor and head of medical 
microbiology and immunology from 1975— 
1990, assistant dean for curriculum and 
undergraduate medical education from 
1985-1987, interim dean for the College of 
Medicine from 1987—1988, associate dean 
of the College of Medicine from 1988-1 990, 
and associate dean for academic affairs 
from 1990-1991. Black also served on 
various committees during his tenure, 
including speaker of the faculty senate from 
1986-1987. Over the years, he received 
many honors and awards. The Samuel H. 
Black, Ph.D., Lecture Hall in the Reynolds 
Medical Building, College of Medicine, was 
dedicated in his honor in May 2003. 

Dr. David D. Neiswender Jr. '53 died April 
1, 2007, in Cherry Hill, N.J., at the age of 
76, He was a research chemist at Mobil Oil 
Research & Development in Princeton and 
Paulsboro, N.J., for 33 years. Neiswender 
participated in the commercialization of 
Mobil 1, the first synthetic motor oil. He 
was a longtime member of the Haddonfield 
United Methodist Church, where he served 
on many boards and committees. Among 
others, Neiswender is survived by his son, 
Karl D. Neiswender '79, and his daughter, 
Karen J. Neiswender Kongsmai '82. 

Mary Elizabeth Swope Shroyer '58 died 
June 2, 2007, in Oakton, Va., at the age 
of 70. She was a retired elementary school 
teacher in the Fairfax County Public 
Schools in Oakton, Va. Among others, she 
is survived by a sister Elma Jean Swope 
Kreider '55; sisters-in-law Anne Shroyer 
Shemeta '51, Frances Shroyer Bova '54, 
and Lois Shroyer Smith '65; and brothers- 
in-law Joseph J. Shemeta '52 and Richard 
H. Smith '58. 


Kenneth S. Horaan Sr. '64 died Dec. 24, 

2006, in Pittsburgh at the age of 64. He 
was a self-employed real estate appraiser 
for over 10 years. Prior to that, he was a 
pharmaceutical representative for Eli Lilly. 
Homan was a member of Petra Christian 
Fellowship. He served in the U.S. Air Force 
during the Vietnam era. Among others, 
Homan is survived by a son, Kenneth 
Homan Jr. '90, and a brother, John 
Michael Homan '62. 

Thomas R. Previte Sr. '64 died April 24, 

2007, in Quincy at the age of 66. In 1992, 
he retired as a sales director after 27 years in 
sales. Previte was a member of St. Patricks 
Catholic Church; Benevolent and Protective 
Order of Elks; the Veterans of Foreign Wars; 
the Fraternal Order of Eagles; the American 
Legion; and was a past commander of Sons 
of the American Legion, all in Carlisle. 

Dale B. Hains '65 died March 28, 2007, in 
Boca Raton, Fla., at the age of 64. He was a 
retired math teacher in the school district of 
Palm Beach County. Hains umpired baseball 
for 32 years, was an avid golfer, and loved 

J. Duncan Kriebel '65 died May 26, 2007, 
in Hershey at the age of 64. He was a retired 
educator with 36 years of service with 
Milton Hershey School. Kriebel attended 
the Derry Presbyterian Church in Hershey 
and was a member and past master of Spring 
Creek Lodge #802 Free & Accepted Masons 
in Hershey; a member of Schwenkfelter's 
Heritage Society; an honorary member 
of the Milton Hershey School Alumni 
Association; and was inducted into the 
Milton Hershey School Spartan Hall of 
Fame in 2006. He was an avid fan of 
the Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia 

Betty Detweiler Melcher '66 died April 10, 
2007, in Palmyra at the age of 78. She was 
a retired teacher from the Derry Township 
School District with 20 years of service. 
Melcher was very active in organizing 
her high school class reunions, and was 
a member of the First United Methodist 
Church, Hershey. 

Thomas H. Shonk '67 died April 13, 2007, 
in Quarryville at the age of 61. He taught 
music in the Solanco and Christina school 
districts, and had been the superintendent 
for Tanglewood Golf Course, Quarryville. 
Shonk was a member and music coordinator 
at Mechanic Grove Church of the Brethren. 
Among others, he is survived by his wife, 
Judy Vonada Shonk '68. 


Beth Hill Graves '79 died April 5, 2007, 
in Somerville, N.J., at the age of 49. She 
worked as a systems analyst for AT&T in 
Piscataway, N.J., for the last 28 years. 


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JOIN LVC PRESIDENT Stephen C MacDonald and his 
wife, Mary Warner, on a 10-day trip to the Emerald Isle. 
Ireland is a land of green hills, warm people, stately castles, 
and rollicking fun. Visit Limerick, Killarney, Waterford, and 
Dublin as this cormprehensive tour introduces Ireland's 
natural beauty, turbulent history, and hospitable culture. 

Your tour begins in Limerick where you will experience 
medieval Ireland and the ambiance of a real castle during 
a fun-filled banquet featuring music, food, and traditional 

entertainment. Journey to the stunning, 700-foot-high 
Cliffs of Moher for awe-inspiring views of the mighty 
Atlantic and the Aran Islands. Travel along one of the most 
beautiful coastal routes in the world, the Ring of Kerry. 
Kiss the famous Blarney Stone, visit the Midleton Whiskey 
Distillery for a tour and tasting, and take a tour of the 
world-famous Waterford Crystal factory. End your trip in 
Dublin where you will enjoy visiting St. Patrick's Cathedral, 
O'Connell Street, Grafton Park, and the rest of this historic, 
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